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Mosebenzi Zwane: Nobody can capture me

Zwane appeared before Parliament’s Mineral Resources Committee on Thursday to answer questions about state capture allegations.

FILE: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has defended his relationship with the Guptas as strictly professional and insists he is not captured.

Zwane appeared before Parliament’s Mineral Resources Committee on Wednesday to answer questions about state capture allegations.

He reserved his right not to answer some of the questions put to him, claiming the matter is sub judice as the Public Protector’s State of Capture report is under judicial review.

Zwane insists that he has not acted to unduly benefit the Guptas or their associates

“Nobody can capture me. I’ve not been appointed just because I am liked, I have served my credentials as a cadre in the ANC. I’ve not been a spy, and I’ll not be one in any future. I think I deserve better from you, as an honourable member.”

Zwane’s objected to his interrogation by committee members, accusing opposition members of Parliament of subjecting him to a “trial by public opinion”.

“I will never favour any business person over the other. If I meet with people, I’m objective. If they’re in the wrong, I will deal with them.”

A defiant Zwane questioned the authenticity of the leaked Gupta emails, asking whether they’d been validated.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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