THE economy and local government elections are the two items on the agenda of a meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) top brass, but a debate on the influence of the politically connected Gupta family on President Jacob Zuma is likely to dominate discussions.

The national executive committee (NEC) meeting follows a heated week in which a number of ANC leaders outed the manner in which the Guptas attempted to influence them, most prominent of which was Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the economy and institutions in the finance cluster would come into sharp focus at the briefing. This was likely to include the South African Revenue Service, whose commissioner, Tom Moyane, is at odds with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Mr Mantashe said a report of the national working committee would also be presented to the NEC, which includes feedback from a meeting between the Gupta family and the top six leaders of the party.

Mr Mantashe rebuked the Gupta-owned television station ANN7 ahead of the meeting, who have said the furore about the influence of the family over Mr Zuma was part of a plot to remove the President ahead of the party’s 2017 conference.

He said NEC members could "see through" the manner in which the story was being reported.

The meeting comes amid mounting calls for the ANC’s top decision-making structure between conferences to take decisive action against the dangerous influence of the Gupta family.

Calls from business, ANC stalwarts, civil society and churches mounted on Friday.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on Friday reiterated a call by the South African Communist Party for a judicial commission of inquiry into the Gupta family’s dealings in SA.

The NEC meeting concludes on Sunday.