Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's leaked statement to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has the EFF questioning whether the minister lied before Parliament about meeting the Guptas.
Gordhan is quoted telling Parliament that he had never met the controversial Gupta family in their Saxonwold home‚ but had encountered members of the family at public events.
But the leaked statement allegedly mentions one meeting Ghordan was invited to with Zuma and the Guptas between 2009 and 2014 in Pretoria.
Lecturer of Politics at the Tshwane University of Technology, Levy Ndou says it becomes problematic when a minister gives contradicting statements.
I think it is also important to note that Minister Gordhan has not yet formerly appeared before the commission, we are actually dealing with leaked information.— Levy Ndou, Lecturer of Politics at Tshwane University of Technology
Lying in Parliament, especially by ministers, people that are given huge responsibility that deals with matters of trust, would then become a very serious violation. This is something that cannot go well to the general members of the public.— Levy Ndou, Lecturer of Politics at Tshwane University of Technology
The EFF wants Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate a violation of the executive ethics code by Gordhan.
The party alleges that Gordhan deliberately did not disclose a meeting held with Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and Ajay Gupta.
Ndou says perhaps Gordhan had forgotten that first meeting or did not find it significant enough to disclose because at that time the Guptas were not considered problematic.
What we need to look at now is the intention of minister Gordhan at the time, whether his intention was to mislead Parliament. If it is true that the intention was to mislead parliament then Gordhan must be taken to task.— Levy Ndou, Lecturer of Politics at Tshwane University of Technology
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