- The state capture investigation has already brought major revelations to light
- Mcebisi Jonas, Vytjie Mentor and Themba Maseko revealed some startling insights
- We look at 10 things learned so far
Mcebisi Jonas, Vytjie Mentor and Themba Maseko have come out with some frightening revelations in the State Capture report. We take a look at 10 explosive points that have already been brought to light.
According to a report in BusinessDay:
- Former government spokesperson Themba Maseko disclosed that former president Jacob Zuma had personally called him and told him to give the Guptas what they wanted. He said: "My brother, there are these Gupta guys who need to meet you and who need your help. Please help them."
- The Guptas had the power to get you fired. Maseko was fired after he refused to give the entire government advertising budget to the Guptas. "A cabinet meeting took place the following Wednesday. During the course of the cabinet meeting, I was informed that eTV news channel was running with the news story that I was fired. [Minister Collins] Chabane consulted with the president during the break and an impromptu announcement had to be made to the cabinet that I had been terminated as GCIS CEO and government spokesperson," he said.
- Ajay Gupta “dealt with” ministers who did not listen to them. He stated he would personally summons them and deal with them if they refused to listen.
- Vytjie Mentor stated in her testimony that in early 2010 the Guptas were already running things. She cited an example where they had wanted her appointed at minister of Pubic Enterprises so she could stop the SAA route to Mumbai because they wanted the route for another airline.
- Mcebisi Jonas testified also testified about a meeting he had with Ajay Gupta where Ajay admitted they had been gathering intelligence on him and those closest to him that they could use against him if they ever needed to.
- The Guptas boasted about the extent of their power stating they had control of the investigative and prosecutorial parts of the criminal justice system.
- Jonas testified that Ajay Gupta had bragged about how much money they made from the state. “He said that at the moment we — and I understood him to mean the Gupta family — earn about R6bn from the fiscus through various entities, including Eskom, Transnet and government departments. He said they wanted to increase this amount to R8bn and that they thought I could be helpful in this regard.
- Jonas added that Ajay Gupta had threatened to kill him after a meeting he had with them. He stated that Ajay said they would kill him if he ever suggested the meeting had taken place.
- Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor told the commission that she had informed parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence, then chaired by Siyabonga Cwele, and the ANC secretariat that Ajay Gupta had offered her a ministerial job in 2010, which means the ANC knew about the state capture plan as early as 2010.
- Jonas testified that he was offered R600 million immediately if he became finance minister and that the Guptas then pointed to Duduzane Zuma as an example saying they had made him a millionaire and bought him a house in Dubai.
Briefly.co.za reported recently that it had come to light that the South African treasury were unable to track R800 billion spent on goods and services yearly.
South Africans expected to hear about the failure of the government but this went beyond expectations.
R800 billion is a large amount of money to lose track off.
Chief Procurement Officer of National Treasury Willie Mathebula testified on Tuesday as the first witness before the commission of inquiry.
His testimony brought to light the Treasury's inability to stay updated on the government's expenditure.
According to Mathebula, the vastness of the projects the government is involved in made it difficult to know if the funds went where it was supposed to. He said there were different processes involved in tender bidding, adding to the complexity.
When asked whether there were policies that hold people that abuse public funds accountable, Mathebula replied that it's a difficult question.
The South African reports Mathebula admitted that Treasury's job has been difficult since 2013. He claims Treasury is fighting a war to ensure the system isn't abused. Most of the investigations were surrounding Denel, Transnet and Telkom.
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