More claims on Gupta family's 'suspicious transactions'

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has lodged documents detailing the transactions, allegedly worth R6,8 billion.

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More claims are emerging this morning that the Gupta family has been accused of being involved in suspicious transactions worth R6,8 billion.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has lodged documents detailing the transactions, as part of an application asking for a ruling that he cannot force the big four banks to reopen their accounts.

Gordhan says that it's possibly because of these transactions that the banks decided they would not continue their relationships with the Guptas.

Earlier this week, Gordhan said the charge of fraud levelled against him was part of a political agenda.

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The documents lodged in court by Gordhan includes a report from the Financial Intelligence Centre.

Nearly R100 million was moved around by Ajay Gupta himself, while another transaction appears to relate to a deal to buy the Optimum Coal Mine, which has a long-term contract with Eskom.

This new information could put the Gupta family under more pressure amid claims they have been involved in a bid to capture the state.

Gordhan, former South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula and former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay were issued summons by the NPA.

The minister is charged with fraud for his management of former deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay's pension.

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