I met with the Guptas, says Gordhan in leaked statement

Johannesburg- 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.

In the affidavit Gordhan details that he met the Guptas at the request of then president Jacob Zuma at some stage during his first term. Gorhan is reportedly angry at the leaked document of his affidavit.

He adds that he refused to met them there after, but says he did meet them at two events and at a business meeting after this.

Gordhan say that after his first meeting with Zuma, as he introduced him to his “friend” Ajay Gupta.

Zuma told him that he 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 said, he at the time was finance minister.

Late 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.

But the EFF says that Gordhan is using this as an excuse to absolve him of any wrong doing, they claim that Tiso Blackstar, the media conglomerate BusinessLive is owned by, that they are Gordhan’s “propagandists” who are seeking to drive a narrative absolving Gordhan of what they claim is his complicity in state capture.

Photo credit- City Press – News24

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