The ‘State Capture Report’ released in autumn 2016 in South Africa only gave the Gupta family very limited opportunity to contribute to its content. Gert van der Merwe from the Gupta family’s legal team at van der Merwe and Associates, said that the report did not provide his client with the opportunity to comment, present evidence or cross-examine the witnesses. The family is pleased to now have the opportunity to present the facts to the judicial inquiry recommended by the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The content was collated from information provided by witnesses called in by Advocate Madonsela. No cross-examination was permitted, as is the Gupta family’s legal right.
For example, Mcebisi Jonas, the Deputy Finance Minister, gave evidence included in the report that claimed he met with Ajay Gupta on a number of occasions and was offered the position of Finance Minister. No such meeting took place.
Another official mentioned in the report without being consulted is Eskom Chief Executive Officer, Brian Molefe. Molefe denied all allegations and complained that he also was not given the opportunity to voice his side of the story. The Gupta family said that the evidence in the report regarding Molefe and Optimum is flawed.
Furthermore, Madonsela compiled the report over a period of just seven months. The report was also expected to present preliminary findings but it was announced it would be final just weeks before publication. A judicial inquiry will have the time to look at all evidence in detail and the Gupta family is looking forward to clearing its name once and for all.
Van der Merwe categorically stated that the Gupta family welcomes the judicial inquiry, and will cooperate fully in order to clear its name. Van der Merwe and Associates are currently reviewing the report and is preparing a comprehensive response.
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