- Deputy president David Mabuza has once again been asked about his flight to Russia on board a Gupta jet
- Mabuza was flown to Moscow for emergency treatment in October 2015
- The deputy president said he was too sick at the time of the flight to recall who else was on the jet
Deputy president David Mabuza has once again been grilled by Members of Parliament (MPs) about a flight he took to Russia on a Gupta-owned jet. Mabuza was flown to Moscow in October 2015 for emergency treatment after he was allegedly poisoned.
Mabuza said he was on very powerful painkillers and was too sick to remember whether a Gupta associate known for negotiating mining deals on behalf of the Russian government, Ruslan Gorring, was on the flight.
Mabuza was responding to a request by MPs to address a question raised by the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane in an open letter published earlier this week.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabuza said the flight was the worst experience of his life and he was barely aware of his surroundings at the time. He said the only thing he can really remember about the flight was being on a plane.
Mabuza once again denied having any personal or political ties to the controversial Gupta family beyond having been flown to Russia on their jet for emergency medical treatment.
IOL.co.za reported that Mabuza said at the time of his poisoning then president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane offered to have him flown to Moscow so he could undergo emergency treatment.
Maimane alleged that Gorring who is the deputy director of the Russian mining exploration company ROSGEO and a known negotiator for the Russian government was on the flight with Mabuza.
EWN.co.za reported that Mabuza denied any wrongdoing and said he had no links with the Russian government or with Russian companies.
Mabuza said he remained thankful to the Russian government for the treatment he received in 2015 but this did not make him beholden to the country.
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