Dlamini-Zuma denies links to Gupta associated businesses

She was responding to a letter by former anti-apartheid activist and British member of parliament Lord Peter Hain.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 30 June 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has made it clear that she has no links to any of the Gupta businesses.

She was responding to a letter by former anti-apartheid activist and British member of parliament Lord Peter Hain, written to the chancellor of the exchequer, in which her name is mentioned.

Hain has asked that British financial institutions review their exposure to 27 people, including President Jacob Zuma, several of his family members and the Guptas, possibly linked to transnational money laundering and corruption.

Dlamini-Zuma says she has not been informed of Lord Hain’s letter, but she wants to place it on record that she has no links to Guptas businesses.

Her campaign's spokesperson Carl Niehaus said: “Dlamini-Zuma has said that she is unaware and she has not been officially informed of a letter presumably written by Lord Hain which alleges some financial misconduct of an illicit financial flow nature.”

She says the only money she has received was for the ANN7 South African Person of the Year, which other prominent South Africans also received.

Dlamini-Zuma says she led efforts to tackle illicit cash flows out of Africa when she was the chairperson of the African Union commission and welcomes any efforts to address this problem.

Meanwhile, the Hawks and the NPA say they take the allegations against the Guptas seriously and they are investigating, but details of an ongoing investigation remain confidential.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)