The Gupta-Zuma network - also known as the Zupta network - has taken such control of South Africa that it's hard to find a government official who was not involved in state capture in some way or another. Of course, associating with the Zuptas does not make an official guilty of being one of their puppies, or does it?
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has been in the news headlines for a while now, and it doesn't look like he'll fade away any time soon.
The latest evidence against Gigaba could implicate him as a 'soldier' for the Zuptas.
His involvement in the Fireblade controversy looks very bad, as reported by The Daily Maverick.
Gigaba seems to have messed up with the Fireblade issue. At first, he played an important role in getting the Oppenheimer family the private airport its customs and immigration facilities.
Then, when Denel first got into hot water, he decided to stall the approval, citing the investigation into the firearms SOE as reason.
The Oppenheimers were renting the property and land for Fireblade from Denel.
The Guptas was discovered as benefactors in a deal with Denel - highlighting the family's access and control.
Apparently, 3 Denel employees were put on suspension to clear the deal. The Guptas attempted to strong-arm Fireblade's facility from the Oppenheimers. This is where Gigaba's involvement became apparent as he chose sides.
He was implicated in many enterprises of the Guptas.
No evidence has been found (yet) that shows how Gigaba benefitted from his relationship with the family, he did admit meeting them.
Of course, that doesn't mean he wasn't in their pockets, or does it?
According to reports, Gigaba used his power as government official in 3 different roles - as Finance Minister, Home Affairs Minister, and as Public Enterprise Minister - to influence state capture.
Gigaba denies being corrupt and says there is a plot to destroy his career.
The jury is still out on this one, but it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, so maybe it is a corrupt little duck sitting under the wing of the Zuptas.
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