Ngoako Ramatlhodi: 'I dismissed Gupta requests to meet me'

Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says there are many things the Guptas wanted from him.

A screengrab of Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi appears at the state capture commission on 28 November 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has told the state capture commission that the Gupta family has tried very hard to meet him but he dismissed their requests.

Ramatlhodi is testifying at the inquiry on Wednesday morning about his tenure as mining minister and how the controversial family tried to influence him.

He says there are many things the Guptas wanted from him.

"There was an attempt to get me to appear on the SABC breakfast shows and there was also an issue with the DG, who was requested to increase the number of the The New Age newspapers in the department, in other words, to buy more. I advised him that we can't do that, that we have no justification."

ZUMA 'AUCTIONED EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY'

Ramatlhodi has told the commission the Guptas would summon the whole Department of Mineral Resources to their private home in Cape Town during a Mining Indaba.

“So, they were demonstrating power and called the whole department.”

But he says the Gupta’s influence was deeper than that.

“The Guptas had the power to summon the president to their home and they would boast about it.”

Ramatlhodi says it was clear former President Jacob Zuma was no longer in power.

“What he has done was to auction executive authority, and now, the next president who comes is going to inherit an empty office in terms of authority.”

He says the African National Congress' national executive committee told Zuma his relationship with the controversial family was toxic, but the former president said he was indebted to the Guptas because they took care of his family.

WATCH: Former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi appears at Zondo Commission

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)