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JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The party ac­cuses the min­is­ter of be­ing in the ‘pock­ets’ of the Gup­tas, and Tiso Black­star of be­ing his pro­pa­gan­dists.

In a leaked state­ment ahead of his tes­ti­mony at the com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gord­han de­tails an of­fi­cial meet­ing as well as three other oc­ca­sions at which he saw the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily.

While Busi­nessLive has re­ported that the sworn af­fi­davit sub­mit­ted by Gord­han proves he has “noth­ing to hide”, the EFF have re­leased a state­ment in which they ve­he­mently dis­agree.

The strongly worded state­ment calls Gord­han a “mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor” who was an “ac­com­plice to the Gup­tas’ ac­tiv­i­ties”. The EFF claim that Tiso Black­star, the me­dia con­glom­er­ate Busi­nessLive is owned by, are Gord­han’s “pro­pa­gan­dists”, who are seek­ing to drive a nar­ra­tive ab­solv­ing Gord­han of what they claim is his com­plic­ity in state cap­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to the party, “vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one who served in strate­gic po­si­tions in Zuma’s Cab­i­net since 2009 were in the pock­ets and un­der the mi­cro­man­age­ment of the Gup­tas, and this in­cludes Pravin Gord­han”. The state­ment then goes on to list some of the many other kinds of mis­con­duct the party ac­cuses Gord­han of, all of which have been men­tioned be­fore. The party’s war against Gord­han has been in­ten­si­fy­ing through­out the year, with the party hav­ing been ac­cused of de­scend­ing into all-out con­spir­acy the­o­ries in their ac­cu­sa­tions against the min­is­ter.

These have in­cluded, re­cently, EFF leader Julius Malema’s as­ser­tion, at a press con­fer­ence held to ad­dress the party’s al­leged role in the VBS bank scan­dal, that the party was im­pli­cated in the de­ba­cle in an al­leged witch-hunt ex­e­cuted by Gord­han along­side Trea­sury.

The party be­lieves this is as a re­sult of their role in push­ing for the re­moval of for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene. “We know that Pravin Gord­han and his fac­tion are an­gry about [the re­moval of Nene] and they’ve launched a me­dia at­tack on the EFF to try and shut us up,” he al­leged. EFF Deputy Pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu lev­elled a series of damn­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against Gord­han in a para­noid, ram­bling blog post, in­clud­ing that he is run­ning a “ca­bal” and “op­er­at­ing a par­al­lel state ap­pa­ra­tus”. And just yes­ter­day, EFF spokesper­son Dr Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi, speak­ing at the stand­ing com­mit­tee on fi­nance about the VBS scan­dal, asked the author of the VBS Mu­tual Bank re­port, ad­vo­cate Terry Mo­tau, ques­tions that ap­peared to re­in­force the party’s be­lief that Gord­han was in­volved in smear­ing them through the VBS scan­dal. “Did you meet any in­di­vid­u­als to dis­cuss the re­port be­fore its re­lease? For ex­am­ple, Mr Pravin Gord­han, did you meet him to dis­cuss the re­port or any­one on the Trea­sury? If you did, what was the ba­sis and what were the dis­cus­sions?” he asked Mo­tau. Cit­i­zen

AC­CUSED: Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gord­han.

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