IT’S HAP­PENED BE­FORE

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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.

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