Former adviser to Minister Malusi Gigaba, Thamsanqa Msomi, has emerged as the fixer for Gupta family associates in the Department of Home Affairs

Documents in a leaked e-mail trail revealed how the Guptas’ “man on the inside”, Msomi, received e-mails from Gupta family associates asking for assistance with visas for “clients”, confirming longstanding speculation about his alleged links to the family.

Msomi was Gigaba’s chief of staff when he was public enterprises minister, later becoming his legal adviser when Gigaba was home affairs minister.

Msomi does not deny the picture painted in the e-mails but said his actions were not out of the ordinary.

When Msomi was in Home Affaires he instructed junior officials in the department to assist Gupta-owned Sahara CEO Ashu Chawla to do the Guptas’ bidding.

A director in the department [Home Affairs] was made to liaise with embassy officials on Chawla’s behalf and keep him informed of private happenings in the department.