Fikile Mbalula confirmed today that he received a congratulatory call from one of the Gupta brothers before he had even been informed of his promotion to Cabinet. Former Minister Trevor Manuel's testimony has been given the appearance of truth with this revelation.
Fikile Mbalula testified today before the Zondo Commission, confirming that he had received a congratulatory call from a Gupta brother before he had even been aware of his own promotion.
According to Eyewitness News, Mbalula told the commission that he had raised the subject of the phone call in an ANC National Executive Committee meeting, warning the party of it's potential for damage:
"I think many people were bowing, looking down and you could hear the drop of [a pin] when I raised the issue. It became quiet, people were shrinking in their chairs."
The ANC head of elections said that NEC members had later congratulated him on his bravery, but not one member had backed him up on the issue
"I did not even have seconders in that meeting. Minister Manuel was there and nobody said 'But what Mbalula is raising is a serious matter for us and how do we react to it?' Nobody."
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's testimony on the situation had been correct, except for the fact that Ajay Gupta, had phoned him, not his brother Atul:
"What Trevor Manuel says, it is incorrect in the sense that it was not Atul, it was Ajay Gupta who gave me a call. As to whether I cried or not, I was emotional about it. The emotions just come because if you feel deeply about something, that just shakes you."
According to the elections head, the ANC has been struggling with corruption and other sins since 1996. Mbalula testified that he felt it had been politically incorrect that state capture had managed to manifest itself to the current extent.
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