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Van Rooyen denies Dubai trip was paid for by Guptas

Minister of Traditional Affairs and Cognitive Governance Des van Rooyen also denied that the Gupta family had any role in his brief appointment as finance minister.

FILE: Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Traditional Affairs and Cognitive Governance Des van Rooyen has denied travelling to Dubai at the expense of the Gupta family.

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, van Rooyen says his travel to the Emirates in 2015, was at his own cost.

Van Rooyen has previously refused to comment on the claims, saying the matter is sub judice.

On a question from the Economic Freedom Fighters, he also denied that the controversial family had any role in his brief appointment as finance minister, saying only the President enjoyed that prerogative.

“This trip was personally planned prior to my appointment as a minister. I travelled in my private capacity and the trip was paid for in my private capacity. I did not use any state resources to undertake this trip.”

Van Rooyen appealed to the NCOP to exercise patience in dealing with allegations of state capture.

“You know allegations that have been levelled so far against those who are alleged to be captured are very serious allegations and think should be treated as that.”

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