I met with the Gup­tas, says Gord­han in leaked state­ment

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The min­is­ter is an­gry that his state­ment de­tail­ing his deal­ings with the Gup­tas has been leaked. In a sworn af­fi­davit, ahead of his tes­ti­mony at the com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gord­han de­tails an of­fi­cial meet­ing with the Gup­tas, as well as other en­coun­ters. Ac­cord­ing to Gord­han, he met the Gup­tas at the re­quest of then pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma at some stage dur­ing his first term. He says he re­fused to meet with them af­ter that, but ad­mits to see­ing them at two events and at a busines meet­ing af­ter this. The min­is­ter is ap­par­ently an­gry that the state­ment he sub­mit­ted to Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo’s in­quiry has been leaked and has not re­mained con­fi­den­tial, News24 has re­ported. At Gord­han’s first Gupta meet­ing, Ja­cob Zuma in­tro­duced Ajay Gupta to him as “my friend”. Zuma told Gord­han, who was fi­nance min­is­ter at the time, that Gupta was a busi­ness and fi­nance ex­pert. “I re­call us ex­chang­ing gen­er­al­i­ties for a cou­ple of min­utes, but I do not re­call the de­tails of what was a very cur­sory ex­change. Mr Gupta then ex­cused him­self and left me and the for­mer pres­i­dent to con­tinue our meet­ing,” Gord­han says. Later, in 2010, Tony Gupta called a meet­ing be­tween Gord­han and an In­dian busi­ness­man who wanted to aquire a stake in MTN. Gord­han says the Gupta brother “bad­gered” Gord­han’s chief of staff at the time, Dondo Mo­ga­jane, to ac­cept the meet­ing on be­half of Gord­han. Gord­han says he agreed to at­tend­ing be­cause the busi­ness­man could have been po­ten­tially a ma­jor in­vestor, but he does not re­mem­ber the meet­ing in de­tail.

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