Lots of condemnatory e-mails seen by hinnews.com show that the Guptas run South Africa and control many departments.
This derogatory proof comes as Pres. Zuma fights for his political life.
This is also a strong confirmation of state capture.. There is growing opposition within the ANC and outside it over the president’s links with the rich controversial family.
These damning e-mails show the extent of Gupta control over cabinet ministers and parastatal CEOs and board members.
There is also an insight into the role of Zuma’s son Duduzane in presidential matters. Duduzane is a close Gupta associate and is believed to have made billions through this partnership.
The e-mails also exposed that the Guptas were central to a scheme for Zuma and his family to acquire residency in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Ajay, Atul, Tony, Sahara CEO Ashu Chawla are key player in the intricate web of state capture.
The e-mails reveal that the Guptas:
• Were sent Mosebenzi Zwane’s CV a month before he was appointed minister of mineral resources;
• Intervened to have the powers of the then communications minister, Faith Muthambi, strengthened and were forwarded a presidential proclamation detailing her powers by Muthambi herself before it was signed by Zuma;
• Received confidential information on cabinet meetings from Muthambi;
• Paid for Des van Rooyen’s trip to Dubai after his appointment to the cabinet in December 2015;
• Arranged for Denel director Dan Mantsha to be chauffeured around Dubai;
• Paid for a deluxe suite for Matshela Koko – subsequently appointed acting CEO of Eskom – at the luxurious Oberoi Hotel in Dubai;
• Were asked by an SAA board member to get him onto the board of Transnet;
• Had staff coach Zwane on how to handle media conferences, including questions about his relationship with the Guptas. He flew on a Gupta jet to Dubai and they picked up the tab for his accommodation; and
• Had their company’s CEO, Nazeem Howa, prepare notes for ANC Youth League president Collen Maine advising him on how to respond to media questions.
HERE ARE SOME SHOCKING DETAILS UNCOVERED.
• A second home for Zuma in Dubai
On January 16 last year two draft letters were circulated from Tony Gupta to Chawla and then to Duduzane Zuma with subject lines: “JZ letter to Crown Prince AUH” and “JZ letter to Sheikh Mohammed”.
In one of the letters prepared for Zuma, he writes to “His Highness Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan”, congratulating him on initiatives for the developing and planning of Abu Dhabi. In the second letter Zuma commends “His Highness Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Moktoum” for his “dynamic rule and visionary leadership”.
He continues to sing both their praises and then requests their “guidance and direction” for making the United Arab Emirates his second home.
“It is with this sentiment that I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home. It will be a great honour for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE.”
Two months after the draft letters, Zuma added Dubai at the last minute to his Saudi Arabia state visit. There he met Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to discuss a “number of regional issues”.
At the time, the Sunday Times reported that sources close to the Presidency confirmed that the Dubai stopover was indeed added at the last minute.
• The ministers
Des van Rooyen
E-mail correspondence prove that Van Rooyen repeatedly lied when he said he paid for a private trip to Dubai shortly after his appointment to the cabinet in December 2015.
The e-mail correspondence, however, shows that the trip was sponsored by the Guptas and booked just a day before his departure on December 21.
Reservations e-mails from the luxurious five-star Oberoi Hotel to Chawla confirm that bookings were done by the Gupta-owned company.
Van Rooyen was chauffeur-driven with a Jaguar XJ L from the airport to the hotel and booked a deluxe suite, which costs about R6000 a night. The room reservations from the e-mails indicate that the booking at the hotel was for two adults.
Chawla sent Van Rooyen’s reservation confirmation to Salim Essa, a Gupta associate who owns shares in several of the family’s companies.
It has been widely claimed that Van Rooyen’s appointment as finance minister was influenced by the Guptas. He even arrived at the Treasury with two advisers said to be linked to the Guptas, Mohamed Bobat and Ian Whitley. The two moved with him to cooperative governance.
Van Rooyen visited the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, for seven consecutive days before his appointment as finance minister.
The Guptas hand-picked Zwane as mineral resources minister a month before Zuma appointed him to his cabinet in September 2015.
On July 31 2015, one France Oupa Mokoena, from Koena Consulting and Property Developers, e-mailed Tony Gupta to say: “Please find attached the CV of Mr Mosebenzi Zwane for your attention.”
Three months after his appointment, Zwane stood up embassy officials when he left Zurich for Dubai in a Gupta-owned plane, on December 2.
Zwane, a staunch Gupta defender, was on a working trip in Zurich where he helped to facilitate the sale of the Optimum coal mine in Mpumalanga to a company owned by the Guptas and Duduzane Zuma.
E-mail correspondence between Chawla and the crew flying the Gupta plane reveal that Zwane flew out of Zurich with Essa, Tony Gupta and other people.
This was despite a flight ticket on an Emirates flight being booked by his department to fly him to Dubai.
E-mails from the Oberoi Hotel to Chawla confirm that Zwane’s stay at the five-star hotel overlooking the Burj Khalifa was paid for by Sahara.
Zwane was chauffeured around in a BMW 7 Series. Chawla advised hotel reservations to charge the cost of the chauffeur services to a certain Mr Singh.
Further evidence of the Guptas’ influence and hold over Zwane is contained in another e-mail last year.
Former communications minister Faith Muthambi, now the minister in charge of the public service, corresponded directly with Tony Gupta, as well as his staff, on government policy.
A series of e-mails show that the minister, who is a close ally of the president, alerted the Guptas to various changes in government policies relating to her department – even before they had been officially approved by Zuma.
• ANC Youth League
The e-mails show that former Oakbay CEO Howa prepared notes for ANC Youth League president Maine advising him on how to respond to media questions.
Howa’s notes, which were sent to Tony Gupta and Duduzane Zuma, detail how Maine should respond to questions about the anti-Gupta revolt within the ANC, state capture, his attacks on banks, #FeesMustFall, his relationship with North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, and an incident in which he allegedly shoved R200 notes down a journalist’s cleavage.
• The CEO
Sahara Computers paid for Koko’s accommodation at the Oberoi Hotel in Dubai last year. At the time he was the Eskom group executive in charge of generating power .
Koko was chauffeur-driven around Dubai during his one-day visit.
The e-mails show the confirmation of his booking was sent to Sahara Computers CEO Chawla.
Koko – who took over as acting group CEO after Brian Molefe’s controversial departure last year – is on suspension following allegations that Eskom awarded tenders worth R1-billion to a company where his stepdaughter was a director.
• The Directors
On January 3 last year, Chawla confirmed travel arrangements for Denel board chairman Dan Mantsha.
Mantsha was booked into the Oberoi Hotel in Dubai and Chawla arranged a concierge service for Mantsha to an exclusive housing estate in Dubai.
Earlier this month Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba canned a multibillion-rand deal involving a Gupta-linked company.
The deal – in which the Guptas were expected to make billions – involved setting up a joint venture between Denel and VR Laser Asia to form a new company called Denel Asia.
When Rajesh Naithani was dumped as an SAA board member in October 2014, he sent an e-mail to Chawla asking him to tell Tony Gupta to “get me in at Transnet”.
Gigaba, who was then public enterprises minister, had appointed Naithani to the SAA board in September 2012.
In an e-mail to Chawla on September 26 2014, Naithani attaches his CV “for possible positions in boards”. He adds “kindly make necessary changes”.
On November 19, he again e-mails Chawla: “I got the e-mail that presently I am no more a member at SAA. You may show it to Tony Bhai please.”