To Malusi, with love from Rus­sia and the Gup­tas

CityPress - - Business - – Fin24

New Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba has re­ceived a num­ber of gifts from Gupta-owned com­pany Sa­hara and the Rus­sian am­bas­sador. They date back from the time that he was an ANC MP.

In 2006 and 2007, he re­ceived a bou­quet of snacks from Sa­hara, and in 2008, a “royal crys­tal rock bowl” from the same com­pany “in cel­e­bra­tion of Diwali”, ac­cord­ing to Par­lia­ment’s Reg­is­ter of Mem­bers’ In­ter­ests.

In 2006 and 2007 – as well as in 2014, when Gi­gaba was still the public en­ter­prises min­is­ter – he was given a bot­tle of vodka from Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador. And in 2016, as home af­fairs min­is­ter, Gi­gaba re­ceived wine from the am­bas­sador. At the time of pub­li­ca­tion, Fin24 had re­ceived no re­sponse from Gi­gaba’s of­fice to re­quests for com­ment on the gifts. David Maynier, the DA’s shadow min­is­ter of fi­nance, told Fin24 there was “some­thing sus­pi­cious” in the min­is­ter’s dec­la­ra­tions of gifts from Sa­hara. “I am less in­ter­ested in what has been dis­closed than in what may not have been dis­closed. The min­is­ter is open about the fact that he has met the Gup­tas. But strangely, the Gupta gifts come to an end be­fore he be­comes a min­is­ter. Some­thing just doesn’t add up here.”

Malusi Gi­gaba

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