Family lawyer says Gupta's accustomed to hostility

The Gupta family lawyer insists that there's no wrongdoing in their business dealings which Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reported to the Financial Intelligence Centre.

In an interview with 702's John Robbie, Gert van der Merwe said the public views the family with suspicion due to their close ties to President Jacob Zuma and some ministers.

There's some hostility towards them but they've become accustomed to that... The public has the perception that the Gupta brothers want to side step liability.

Gert van der Merwe, lawyer representing the Gupta family

The Gupta family has been at the center of state capture allegations and benefiting from their political connections over the years.

In recent developments, Gordhan filed an affidavit in the Pretoria High Court detailing his reasons for refusing to intervene in the banks' decision to close their bank accounts. He then reported various transactions totalling R6.8 billion to the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

Earlier this year, Zuma's son (Duduzane Zuma) resigned from the Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments after four South African banks abruptly closed their accounts.

Listen to the interview below:


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