PICTURE: GALLO IMAGES Gwede Mantashe, the scruffy bear from Luthuli House, emitted a few growls in the midst of the anti-Gupta rage last week. The ANC secretary-general set the scene ahead of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Irene, near Centurion, at the weekend.Mantashe warned about the development of an “oligarch” — a direct reference the Gupta family business’s control of government. “If oligarchs cannot be disciplined by the state and instead they discipline the state, we are going to develop into a mafia state where all ... the state will be doing is to nurse interests of family businesses,” he told Business Day last week.This was shortly after deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas’s dramatic confirmation that the Gupta family had offered him the role of finance minister.A couple of hours earlier, Mantashe had questioned the involvement of mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane in talks between Glencore and representatives of the controversial family before th...

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