Gupta family lawyer, Gert Van Der Merwe, says his client never received sufficient time for a right of reply based on leaked emails published in the City Press and Sunday Times and that he will have to establish whether or not these documents are real.
The emails further implicate cabinet ministers, President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane in their dealings with the family.
The emails between the Gupta family and their employees apparently revealed how the family obtained business from government.
The _City Press _newspaper reported on Sunday that the family pulled favours with senior officials with a plan to move the president and his family to Dubai.
Mineral Resource Minister Mosebezi Zwane has also been mentioned in the emails.
The stories rely on emails that was never given to my client to consider. It was timed and pitched so that you have this perception yesterday morning prior to the NEC meeting and that resulted in fake news.— Gert Van Der Merwe, Gupta family lawyer
He says while an email was sent to the family on Saturday afternoon for comment but there was no reasonable opportunity to respond.
You can't consider whether the news is accurate or inaccurate until I have had an opportunity to read the emails and verify the authenticity thereof.— Gert Van Der Merwe, Gupta family lawyer
They did not speak to me as they would usually do, they did not get copies of the documents on which these articles relied.— Gert Van Der Merwe, Gupta family lawyer
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