Zwane de­nies Swiss trip with Gup­tas

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

MIN­ERAL Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane has again de­nied fly­ing to Switzer­land with the Gup­tas to fa­cil­i­tate the sale of the Op­ti­mum mine to a com­pany owned by the Gup­tas and Duduzane Zuma.

Re­spond­ing to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion from An­ton Al­berts of the Free­dom Front Plus, Zwane said he had gone on the trip ac­com­pa­nied by an of­fi­cial from his depart­ment.

“I did not fa­cil­i­tate any trans­ac­tion. I went there to pro­mote min­ing and (to) ad­dress com­pany is­sues re­lat­ing to the in­vest­ment cli­mate in the coun­try in gen­eral, and to mit­i­gate im­mi­nent re­trench­ment,” he said.

Zwane also de­nied that he had any di­rect or in­di­rect in­ter­ests in Oak­bay or Op­ti­mum mines.

Zwane’s re­sponse was de­spite in­for­ma­tion in leaked doc­u­ments and emails that he had trav­elled to Switzer­land with the Gup­tas and their as­so­ciates in their pri­vate jet.

Re­ports in­di­cated that he had been booked into a fives­tar ho­tel paid for by a Gupta com­pany, Sa­hara Com­put­ers, and that he had been chauf­feured around in a BMW 7 Se­ries mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

When he was asked about hav­ing trav­elled to Switzer­land, Zwane stated that he gone there on an of­fi­cial trip.

Mean­while, the cab­i­net noted me­dia re­ports on the “leaked emails”, which im­pli­cated min­is­ters, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and other per­sons in crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing.

Brief­ing the me­dia fol­low­ing a cab­i­net meet­ing, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo said the cab­i­net was com­mit­ted to good gov­er­nance, and viewed all per­sons in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

“Cab­i­net urges all who have in­for­ma­tion about any wrong­do­ing by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials or min­is­ters to in­form law en­force­ment agen­cies so that in­ves­ti­ga­tions can be un­der­taken,” Dlodlo said.

She said some cases have been opened and the po­lice have un­der­taken to in­ves­ti­gate them.

Last week, the Di­rec­torate for Pri­or­ity Crimes In­ves­ti­ga­tion (the Hawks) an­nounced it had launched a probe into the leaked Gupta emails.

Dlodlo urged all those af­fected by the emails to co-op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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