Sunday Times

Thorn in Zuma’s side

- Jacob Zuma · Pravin Gordhan · Gupta family · Ben Martins · Denel

When he was fi­nance min­is­ter, Pravin Gord­han re­fused to ap­prove a num­ber of trans­ac­tions, lead­ing to a break­down in his re­la­tion­ship with for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. He de­clined an ap­pli­ca­tion by for­mer en­ergy min­is­ter Ben Martins for the Trea­sury to guar­an­tee R20bn to PetroSA to pur­chase a ma­jor­ity stake in En­gen. He re­fused to sign off on a joint ven­ture be­tween Denel and Gupta-linked VR Laser Asia, and snubbed an event hosted by the Gup­tas’ New Age news­pa­per

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