- Pravin Gordhan admitted he met the Guptas on numerous occasions after a sworn affidavit was leaked
- In the affidavit, Pravin Gordhan admits to meeting Ajay and Tony Gupta
- The minister said he was introduced to Ajay by former president, Jacob Zuma
In a leaked, sworn affidavit, Pravin Gordhan detailed how he met the Guptas. In the leaked statement, he met with the controversial family more than once.
The Minister of Public Enterprises said in the statement he met the Gupta family when ousted president, Jacob Zuma, requested a meeting during his first term as head of the state.
However, the minister claims in the affidavit he refused to meet the family again. He does, however, admit to meeting the Guptas twice at events and during a business meeting thereafter.
The minister prepared the affidavit for Raymond Zondo, the Deputy Chief Justice probing allegations of state capture. It's understood Gordhan is upset that the document was leaked.
According to a report by The Citizen, Gordhan stated in the affidavit that Zuma introduced Ajay Gupta to him as Zuma's friend.
At the time, the former president told the minister Gupta was a finance and business expert. At the time, Gordhan was still finance minister.
Gordhan claims they exchanged generalities, but added he cannot remember the details of the short exchange.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Gordhan says Gupta left and his meeting with Zuma continued.
Then, later in 2010, Tony Gupta called a meeting with Gordhan. It's believed Tony wanted to introduce an Indian businessman to him, who, according to Gordhan, wanted a stake in mobile giant, MTN.
In the affidavit, Gordhan details how his chief of staff at the time, Dondo Mogajane, was badgered to accept the meeting on Gordhan's part.
Again, the minister said he can't remember the details of the meeting. He agreed to meet the businessman, because he was a potential investor.
Gordhan then claims he only met the Guptas in passing at various events.
BusinessLive's report claims Gordhan had nothing to hide when considering the leaked affidavit's information. However, the EFF does not agree with this stance.
In a scathing statement, the EFF called Gordhan a 'master manipulator', adding he was an 'accomplice in the Guptas' activities."
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