Cyril Ramaphosa opens up to Zondo on Gupta and Bosasa relations

Cyril Ramaphosa opens up to Zondo on Gupta and Bosasa relations

- In a sworn affidvait, Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on his interactions with the Guptas

- The president says he that he never engaged with them beyond basic greetings

- Ramaphosa also said that Bosasa had never made a donation to his foundation, as far as he is aware

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Cyril Ramaphosa has told the Zondo Commission that he did not have any contact with the Gupta family other than "basic greetings, pleasantries and common courtesies".

The president made the statement in a sworn affidavit. 

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo made Ramaphosa's affidavit plug in order to squelch speculation about its contents.

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In the document, Ramaphosa admits to having met two of the Gupta brothers on a handful of occasions, has gathered. However, he says these meetings took place during "events where nothing of any consequence was discussed", according to News24.

Ramaphosa's affidavit comes after the state capture inquiry asked him to comment on his dealings with the Guptas. The president says he only attended one where "matters of substance were discussed" where the Guptas were present. This was reportedly a meeting concerning banks.

Ramaphosa claims that he brought up the issue of the Guptas' controversial landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base at this meeting. 

In addition, the president spoke about his alleged ties to Bosasa. Ramaphosa said it was possible that he had interacted with the company's former CEO, Gavin Watson, but insisted that he did not recall ever doing so. This is notable, as the exact nature of Ramaphosa's links to Bosasa have been the centre of much speculation in recent months.

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Ramaphosa did acknowledge that Watson had attended the wedding of his son, Andile. However, he said that over 1 000 guests attended the function. He says he does not recall seeing Watson at the event nor engaging with him. 

Ramaphosa also stated that "no donation was ever made to the [Cyril Ramaphosa] foundation by Bosasa".

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