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Gupta family: We've done nothing wrong

The Presidency has strongly denied that Zuma was looking to live in another country, saying that his only home is Nkandla.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Atul Gupta. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The Gupta family says they have done nothing wrong and that they want to know how emails showing they influenced ministers ended up being published by the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers.

On Sunday, the two papers published emails sent by the Gupta family to their employees which included a draft letter in which President Jacob Zuma said he wanted to take up residency in the United Arab Emirates.

The emails also show how the Guptas paid for a trip to Dubai for Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen.

The Gupta family’s attorney Gert van der Merwe says they believe these reports are what they call fake news and they want copies of the emails and the source of them.

They say it’s only then that they will be able to properly respond.

But the family also says they deny any wrong-doing or paying amounts to ministers and that they reserve their rights.

The emails give details about how Van Rooyen travelled to Dubai and show that former acting Eskom CEO Matshela Koko stayed in a top-class hotel at the Gupta’s expense.

The Presidency has strongly denied that Zuma was looking to live in another country, saying that his only home is Nkandla.