Gordhan hits back at Mkhwebane over forgotten 2010 Gupta meeting

Gordhan hits back at Mkhwebane over forgotten 2010 Gupta meeting

- Pravin Gordhan has dismissed the Public Protector's claim that he misled Parliament

- Gordhan is accused of violating the ethics code by failing to tell the National Assembly about a meeting he attended where one of the Guptas was present

- Gordhan claims that he simply did not recall this meeting at the time

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Pravin Gordhan has filed court documents in the Pretoria High Court in which he bites back at Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Mkhwebane had ruled that Gordhan misled Parliament by failing to mention a 2010 meeting he attended where one of the Guptas was present.

Gordhan claims that his response to the National Assembly was "perfectly honest".

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The meeting in question was between Gordhan and businessman Anil Amban. 

The Public Enterprises Minister said to Parliament: "I have not attended any meeting with the Gupta family or anyone else at their Saxonwold Estate."

However, National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogojane later reminded Gordhan that he had attended a meeting where one of the Gupta brothers was present. The meeting in question was between Gordhan and businessman Anil Amban.

Gordhan maintains that he simply forgot about this meeting, which is why he did not mention it to Parliament, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

Mkhwebane found Gordhan's argument "implausible", saying that she believed it was unlikely that someone would simply forget having met one of the major agents of state capture.

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According to News24, Gordhan's counter-argument is that state capture and the Guptas were not as well-known in 2010, when the meeting took place.

As a result, Gordhan wants the Public Protector's report finding against him to be set aside.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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