Atul Gupta: Ramaphosa misinformed on family's role in state capture
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is one of a few senior government and African National Congress officials who have called out the Gupta family for state capture.
JOHANNESBURG – Atul Gupta says deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments about his family show that he is being misinformed.
He adds Ramaphosa must back up his claims that the family is using and abusing public funds.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Gupta has defended the family’s business dealings in South Africa, denying state capture claims.
When asked about Ramaphosa’s stance not to keep quiet about this anymore and also accusing the family of exploiting government resources for the infamous Sun City 2013 wedding, Gupta says that the deputy president must provide proof.
“We believe the deputy president has to give any authentic document for that. He has been misinformed about the whole thing, it’s not true. I’m happy to cooperate with any credible probe. I’ll be very pleased to cooperate.”
Gupta refused to answer a question related to his view of how his family may have played a role in what’s lead to the motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma.
NO CONTRACTS WITH GOVT
The Gupta family has denied having any contracts with the government but says that only 8.9% of their revenue last year was made from business with the government.
Gupta repeatedly told the BBC Radio 4 that the family's multi-billion rand empire is not from any dealings with government.
“The amount and we as the Gupta family, 20/30 years of business is not state business at all. This report is totally inconclusive, there’s no single finding in there. Total revenue is not even 8.9%. The real state capture they are not looking into.”
He also denies that the family ever attempted to bribe former Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, allegedly offering him R600 million to take up the position of Finance Minister but Gupta says that he has never met Jonas, never even shaken hands and doesn't know why Jonas is dragging the family name.