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How did Ajay Gupta get on Brand SA board?

amaBhungane & Scorpio have revealed that the Gupta brother sat on the board of the government funded entity for 10 years even though it appears that he contributed very little.

Ajay Gupta. Picture: Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised about how Ajay Gupta benefitted from being on Brand South Africa's board and why he held the position for a decade.

amaBhungane and Scorpio have revealed that the Gupta brother sat on the board of the government funded entity for 10 years even though it appears that he contributed very little.

The investigative team also highlights that since the notorious Gupta wedding at Sun City in 2013, the family's activities have attracted a great deal of negative international media attention.

amaBhungane and Scorpio have suggested that as a board member of Brand SA, Gupta had access to confidential strategy documents and was invited to "planning sessions" with ministers, the police commissioner and CEOs of state-owned entities.

The latest leaked emails show that Gupta was appointed to the board of brand South Africa in 2006 with his term ending 10 years later.

The investigative team says the decision to nominate a man who has never been a South African citizen to the board of what is effectively the country's public relations firm, is also surprising.

However, it's understood that Gupta didn't play a very active role but his involvement is now being questioned after allegations and investigations into state capture.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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