The political fallout over the public protector’s State of Capture report has taken a new turn with the Hawks revealing that they are now pursuing Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas‚ ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and party treasurer Zweli Mkhize.

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe .

Hawks is probing the three for failing to report Jonas’s sensational claim that one of the Gupta brothers‚ Ajay‚ offered him a R600-million bribe and the finance minister post.

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Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas

Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi had confirmed the investigation and said they were waiting for the National Prosecuting Authority to advise on how to proceed with the matter.

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ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize.

The move is seen as part of a fightback strategy by President Jacob Zuma’s supporters‚ who are resisting growing calls for him to step down following the release of the damning report‚ the newspaper reported.

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