Mosebenzi Zwane questions veracity of Gupta emails

The Mineral Resources Minister admitted in Parliament that he’s no stranger to the Guptas' Saxonwold home.

FILE: Former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: GCIS

PARLIAMENT - Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has questioned the veracity of the leaked Gupta emails and has again denied acting to benefit the family while admitting he’s no stranger to their Saxonwold home.

Zwane spent Wednesday morning being grilled by Members of Parliament’s Mineral Resources Committee, one of four tasked to inquire into allegations of state capture and the Gupta family’s alleged undue influence over government appointments and contracts.

Zwane started by claiming that because the matter was before the courts it was sub judice and he reserved his right not to answer some questions.

Asked detailed questions based on revelations in the leaked Gupta emails, Zwane told MPs he’d not yet had the opportunity to deal with them.

“Have you tested whether they are fake, or what? So that you are honourable… and this House does not deal with me in a manner that is not befitting my status as an honourable member of this House.”

On his trip to Switzerland to facilitate the sale of the Optimum coal mine to the Gupta’s Tegeta company and then to Dubai, Zwane had this to say.

“I did go to Switzerland… I did go to Dubai; the details members would like to get are in my affidavits, subject to the courts… let’s deal with them (then).”

Zwane did not deny meeting with the Guptas or their associates or visiting Saxonwold, saying he also intends visiting Stellenbosch, where Johan Rupert, whom he did not name, has a home.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)