How the Gupta's have paved the road to Dubai

On Thursday, Scorpio, the Daily Maverick's newly launched investigative unit as well The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism websites both explained how they are in possession of email communications between members of the Gupta family and their employees.

Among the revelations of what they’ve searched through so far is evidence that:

  • Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba was involved in helping the Gupta family
  • That the family is making ten million rand for every fifty million rand spent on a new locomotive by Transnet
  • That the Gupta's pushed then acting Eskom, CEO, Matshela Koko for a massive pre-payment so they could buy the optimum coal mine
  • And that the family paid maintenance for a baby fathered by Duduzane Zuma.

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What the emails show is that the Gupta's have been diverting billions of rands from Transnet's purchase of locomotives to offshore accounts. And a kickback agreement amounting to R5.3 billion.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

When Malusi Gigaba was appointed minister of public enterprises he appointed Iqbal Sharma, who is a known Gupta friend, was appointed to the Transnet board. He also appointed Brian Molefe as Transnet CEO. Through this they issued a major tender, won by a Chinese manufacturer which benefited the Gupta's.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Nicolaides adds that when Gigaba was Home Affairs Minister he apparently instructed immigration officials to be positioned in India, to help fast track visas for the Gupta's.

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One of the stories emerging from the trail of Gupta emails is how Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane and a company owned by the Gupta family tried to invest in an oil field in the Central African Republic back in 2013, fifteen South African soldiers were killed in that country by people belonging to the Central African Republic Government.

David Lewis, Managing Director, Corruption Watch says in the emails released so far, the question of President Zuma's alleged ties, and possible relocation to Dubai has been the most popular.

What's everyone going to Dubai for? Which is a well known banking secrecy jurisdiction.

David Lewis, Managing Director, Corruption Watch

Lewis adds that sooner or later more truths will be revealed. He says a lot of the attention is given to the captures of state owned entities while the most serious capture, being that of the police, the Hawks and the National Prosecution Authority are neglected.

Listen to the full interview here:

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