Former Denel chief claims Malusi Gigaba was the state capture kingpin

Former Denel chief claims Malusi Gigaba was the state capture kingpin

Riaz Saloojee, former Denel CEO, claims that former minister Malusi Gigaba was at the centre of state capture. Saloojee implicated Gigaba at the state capture inquiry earlier this week, claiming that the ex-ministers links to the Gupta family were stronger than previously thought.

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Riaz Saloojee, former Denel CEO, recently told the state capture inquiry of a series of meeting he had with Guptas at their Saxonwold compound in 2012.

Among his numerous allegations, Saloojee accused Malusi Gigaba, former minister, of acting as the Gupta brother's right-hand-man.

The former CEO claims that Gigaba had introduced the Guptas as his friends and had encouraged him to assist them. Saloojee says that his reluctance to do this had resulted in him losing his job at Denel.

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According to the South African, Saloojee had testified that he had been reluctant to get involved with the family, reportedly concerned over their true motives.

Saloojee implicated that Duduzane Zuma and Ace Magashule's son had been present at subsequent meetings with the infamous family. During his third meeting he claims to have turned down a bribe from Rajesh Gupta, who had been surprised allegedly saying 'everyone takes money'.

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In light of Saloojee's testimony, it has become apparent that Gigaba's ties to the Gupta family are stronger than originally thought.

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