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Gupta brothers (Ajay, Atul and Rajesh)


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ANC’s not-so-clean slates

They include former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba who was dropped for lying to Parliament and aiding the Gupta brothers with their immigration status and former Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who was tainted by his close association with the Guptas (AC Vol 60 No 5 Contradictions in the contracts)...


Contradictions in the contracts

Under Mosebenzi Zwane South Africa's former Mineral Resources Minister vested interests loomed large especially in the case of the Gupta family's takeover of the Optimum Coal mine...

Zwane who had little knowledge of mining was given the portfolio by President Jacob Zuma for having helped direct state funds to a dairy project in Estina Free State Province which was of great benefit to the Gupta family (AC Vol 59 No 12 Big change no fanfare)...


Win first, then work

Further prosecutions will be brought on the foot of the commission's investigations of the Gupta family's network of influence within the state and government although the final report is not due until March 2020...

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Fund in the firing line

Nene resigned in October following his admission to the Zondo Commission on state capture that he had failed to disclose his meetings with the Gupta brothers before being re-appointed finance minister by Ramaphosa in February (AC Vol 59 No 20 Another one bites the dust)...

The PIC and state-owned enterprises were the key targets of corruption and looting during the Zuma presidency which saw billions of rand allegedly raked off in kick-backs by the Gupta brothers who were close friends of Zuma and his family and used their connections to win major state contracts...

Gupta takeoverThe main inquiry into so-called 'state capture' headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has heard evidence from top former and present senior government officials who have given often shocking accounts of the extent to which the Gupta family Zuma's close allies had taken over government decision-making (AC Vol 59 No 4 Zuma goes down fighting)...


Ramaphosa rattled

President Cyril Ramaphosa is under increasing pressure to explain the contradictions of his five-year term as deputy President of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) under former President Jacob Zuma who is facing multiple fraud charges and accusations of 'state capture' by the billionaire Gupta brothers...

Gupta legacyThe pervasive influence of the Guptas has been the recurring theme at the Zondo Commission a state inquiry to establish how the Gupta family members allegedly facilitated 'state capture' by peddling their political connections to the Zuma family to win contracts from the state through a network of front companies and well-placed individuals (AC Vol 59 No 4 Zuma goes down fighting)...


Riyadh to the rescue

2bn had gone missing in a single transaction for Transnet the publicly owned transport operator and $350m had turned up in an account in Hong Kong under the control of the Gupta family...

Most of all it was hit by malfeasance after hand-picked allies of the Gupta family were installed in management positions pending a takeover in which control would have passed to an Indian-based consortium led by the Guptas (see Box Denel in the dumps)...

Like so many of South Africa's state-owned enterprises Denel's finances have been hit by mismanagement and corruption most of it linked to ousted President Jacob Zuma's allies the Gupta family (AC Vol 59 No 6 Ramaphosa begins world tour & Vol 59 No 17 Europe discovers Africa again)...


Another one bites the dust

Losing one of his loyalists is a body blow to President Cyril Ramaphosa but Nene was sunk after admitting in his evidence to the government-appointed Zondo Commission into 'state capture' that he had lie about his association with the corruption-tainted Gupta family currently under investigation...


Korean barbecue down south

The overall picture has been boosted by the recovery of the continent's two economic giants from largely self-inflicted wounds; Nigeria's costly defence of its currency and South Africa's expensive dalliance with the Gupta family...

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Moyane spoiling for a fight

Moyane one of ex-President Jacob Zuma's key allies in the 'state capture' drama with the Gupta family was suspended for re-instating his allegedly corrupt deputy Jonas Makwakwa and lying to Parliament (AC Vol 58 No 1 Power struggle goes nuclear)...


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