IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE
The Guptas have previously been involved in property purchases involving connected people, including:
In 2012, amaBhungane and the Mail & Guardian revealed a Gupta hand behind First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma’s R3.84 million bond from India’s Bank of Baroda. A Gupta family spokesperson denied it at the time, but last month City Press revealed board minutes of a Gupta company agreeing to guarantee the loan. Like Maine’s, Ngema-Zuma’s loan was accelerated – in her case to five years – and was handled by Omar’s conveyancing firm.
In 2006, a Gupta company bought then Cabinet minister Essop Pahad’s Birdhaven, Johannesburg, home from him for R5 million, although neighbours said he continued to live there. Again, Omar was the conveyancer. Pahad would not comment.
In 2014, the Mail & Guardian and amaBhungane revealed that Siyabonga Mahlangu, then outgoing adviser to Minister Malusi Gigaba, agreed to buy the same home from the Guptas. He paid R5 million in 2015, according to deed records.
Mabengela Investments, a company co-owned by the Guptas and Duduzane Zuma, bought a R4 million Saxonwold property, using a Bank of Baroda bond, in March 2009, not long before Jacob Zuma was inaugurated as president. Duduzane lived there.