The governing ANC’s deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said on Wednesday she was "very keen" to appear before the Zondo commission into state capture to talk about her interaction with the Gupta family’s media operations. ANN7 and The New Age, the now defunct television news station and newspaper, played an overtly factional role in the ANC’s internal battles ahead of the party’s conference in December 2017, attacking detractors of former president Jacob Zuma and putting out a narrative of a plot against Zuma engineered by supporters of "white monopoly capital". "I’m happy to discuss meetings I had with Moegsien Williams [editor of The New Age]. I am not afraid to say that we did discuss a media that would give the ANC unmitigated space for its views … Whatever happened after that was something else," she said at a media briefing in Cape Town. Duarte also repeated the ANC’s commitment to go to the commission of inquiry, chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, to answer ac...

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