- South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, admitted to meeting with the Guptas on several occasions
- Davies insists that he never acted on behalf of the family
- The minister says he's not the only politician to meet with the Guptas, Helen Zille did too
Minister Rob Davies admitted that he met with the Guptas, but says he’s not the only politician that did so.
Davies says Helen Zille also met with the notorious family.
News24 reports that Davies made this accusation in a written answer to questions asked by the Democratic Alliance MP Werner Horn.
The minister insists that although he met with the Guptas, he never took any action on their behalf.
According to the reply by Davies, he met the Guptas for the first time in 2009.
A study for a mining project that was sent to the Industrial Development Corporation was discussed during this meeting. Ajay Gupta complained about how long the process takes but Davies said he made it clear he could not get involved in the matter.
He admitted to referring Ajay's complaint to the IDC - something he did for other people as well.
The minister met with the Guptas on other social occasions. He added that such events were attended by other politicians as well - such as Helen Zille.
Zille admitted that she accepted an invitation from the family. She was invited to the opening of the Sahara Park Newlands cricket stadium.
If you are invited as mayor - in good faith to the opening of a major facility in your city, you go.
It is almost certain that these meetings could be interpreted as more than just social interactions.
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