Former Gupta driver has spilt the beans on several visits by cabinet ministers‚ senior government officials and a top parastatal CEO to the family’s Saxonwold home.
A logbook and notes by Atul Gupta’s ex-driver‚ John Maseko‚ revealed how President Jacob Zuma and at least two of his senior cabinet ministers — Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane — Eskom CEO Brian Molefe; Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesman‚ Ronnie Mamoepa; AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; and former government spin doctor Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi visited the Guptas’ residence.
Soon after his visit‚ Molefe was appointed Transnet CEO. Manyi’s visit to the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound coincided with his appointment as the head of government communications.
The latest revelations follow former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture that Des van Rooyen visited the Gupta residence seven times in the week before he was appointed finance minister in December last year.
Maseko provided a copy of his diary to Madonsela, who interviewed him on September 22 for her report on state capture. He also signed an affidavit.
Maseko kept detailed notes of who came to the compound while he worked for the Guptas for six months, from November 2010 to April 2011.
Maseko produced his original diary listing the names and vehicle registration numbers of visitors to the Gupta compound.
According to his notes:
• Zuma visited the residence a day before he attended the Group of 20 summit in South Korea on November 11 and 12 2010 and immediately after returning.
• Molefe was there in January 2011.
• Mamoepa visited in January 2011.
• Dlamini-Zuma arrived there in early January 2011.
• Gigaba came in December 2010 or January 2011.
• Manyi visited in early 2011.
• Mokonyane was there in February 2011.
And many others.
Madonsela said the second phase of the public protector’s investigation into state capture would focus on several parastatals involved in highly publicised scandals involving the Guptas, including Transnet under Molefe’s leadership.
Atul Gupta described Molefe to Madonsela as a “very good friend” who visited Saxonwold.
But Molefe has so far refused to confirm the visits.
At the time of Mamoepa’s visit, he was Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesman when she was home affairs minister.
Maseko said the ANC’s Judi Nwokedi visited the Guptas before she was announced as the ANC local government candidate for Ward 117, which includes Saxonwold and Parkhurst.
Maseko described how Atul would tell him to stop on street corners to dish out free copies of the New Age to promote the Guptas’ newspaper. The New Age was started in July 2010.
Themba Maseko left the GCIS after allegedly rejecting Gupta pressure over the advertisements.
Gupta lawyer Gert van der Merwe said he was aware the public protector had interviewed some of his clients’ employees.