Reports: Gupta family allegedly attempted to capture Prasa

The Sunday Times says the Guptas, Duduzane Zuma & Ben Martins, and Montana over tender application.

Atul Gupta. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta family remains in the spotlight with new information now emerging that the controversial family and president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane, allegedly attempted to capture passenger rail agency, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

The Sunday Times is reporting that axed Prasa CEO Lucky Montana wrote a letter in 2012, accusing the Guptas and the president's son of scheming to capture the parastatal and get a R51 billion tender for a bidder they represented.

Montana wrote the letter to the then Prasa board chair Sfiso Buthelezi after discovering that the transport department was preparing a cabinet memorandum to rearrange the board.

The Sunday Times says the letter written by Montana, states that during numerous meetings, the Guptas, Duduzane Zuma and their associates, pressured then Transport Minister Ben Martins, and Montana to favour china south rail to supply the parastatal with 600 commuter trains.

The letter claims the Guptas proposed allocating shares to Montana and quote directly, unashamedly and unapologetically demanded that Martins restructure Prasa's board.

The paper says Montana confirmed that he had written the letter and that an unsigned version of it has been seen by the Amabhungane Center for Investigative Journalism.

Buthelezi did not divulge any information but confirmed that he had received the letter.

And a source close to Martins has apparently confirmed the essence of the letter's contents.