- Pravin Gordhan gave the State Capture Inquiry a 68-page testimony and Jacob Zuma's name is prominent
- In the testimony, Gordhan details how Zuma got him to agree to a deal that his friend Dudu Myeni wanted
- This led to SAA buying, rather than renting, planes from Airbus - an expensive deal
Back in 2015, when Pravin Gordhan was Finance Minister, the then-president, Jacob Zuma, wanted him to agree to a very expensive deal with Airbus, the airplane manufacturer.
Zuma wanted the deal agreed to because his friend, Dudu Myeni wanted it.
As reported by News24, Gordhan's sworn statement given to the State Capture Inquiry detailed a phone call from Zuma in which he asked Gordhan to agree to buy planes from Airbus rather than rent them.
I received a telephone call from former president Zuma enquiring whether we could do what Ms Myeni wanted with respect to the Airbus deal. I explained that we could not…It was clear to me that Ms Myeni contacted the former president and that had prompted his call to me
Myeni was very close to Zuma and chaired his charity foundation and was also the SAA board's chairperson.
Myeni and Nhlanhla Nene came to an impasse - he would not agree to the deal when he was Finance Minister. Nene was promptly replaced with Gordhan, who agreed to buy the planes.
According to Gordhan's 68-page testimony, Zuma is an ever-present figure in the 10-year-long state capture of South Africa.
Zuma often intervened directly in projects and deals where he didn't belong.
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