Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Credit: EWN.

Pravin Gordhan only officially met the Guptas once, and that was at a meeting requested by then-president Jacob Zuma somewhere between 2009 and 2014, Zuma’s first term. But Gordhan refused a meeting with them later on.

He did however come into contact with the family at the centre of state capture at least three other times, with two of those occurring at public and government events and the third at a business meeting.

This is according to a 68-page sworn statement signed by Gordhan on 11 October 2018 and delivered to the judicial inquiry into state capture headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Gordhan, currently minister of public enterprises, will deliver his testimony next week. He is, however, said to be angry that the statement has been leaked and is believed to have asked the commission for an explanation as to why it has not remained confidential.

The statement details how:
  • Zuma invited Gordhan to Pretoria to meet Ajay Gupta;
  • Gordhan greeted and saw some of the Gupta brothers at a cricket match and at government events; and
  • Tony Gupta insisted on a meeting between Gordhan and an Indian businessman who wanted to buy a stake in MTN.

The EFF on Wednesday issued a statement after details of Gordhan’s contact with the Guptas was published by BusinessLive. The party accuses Gordhan of complicity in state capture because the Guptas’ “gained traction” during his tenure as minister of finance.

Source: News 24