Some people had always maintained that the strong bond existing between the duo can never be broken. But the latest undertaking to madam speaker has shocked Zuma loyalist within the party. Mbete was briefing the media ahead of Parliament’s budget speech .

“I believe it is desirable to have a commission of inquiry into all areas of state capture broadly‚ so that we can settle our minds and get on with our lives. For now‚ there’s nothing‚ but there will be.

It means there will be a structure that will probe into whatever you understand by state capture and what effect it has had on South African society over time and of course when that structure is formed‚ it will determine its time frames and terms of reference‚” she said.

“We will all sleep well once we know that we are having some people paying attention to this monster.”

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe also announced that the ANC NEC had accepted a proposal that a judicial inquiry be launched without delay.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane earlier said the party had written to Mbete to request the establishment of an ad hoc committee to probe allegations of state capture against President Jacob Zuma in the wake of the release of the Gupta emails this weekend.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lechesa Tsenoli said the request had not yet been received; only the National Assembly could make the decision to establish some sort of inquiry.

He said that “any structure that will inquire into issues of state capture is absolutely welcome” but “how and when that happens depends on the response of the affected”.