Mosebenzi Zwane has been accused of going to Switzerland with the Gupta delegation by his spokesperson.
While the minister’s spokesman confirms the trip, Tegeta’s Nazeem Howa denied it outright.
Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, took the unusual step of travelling to Switzerland with a delegation from the Gupta-owned Tegeta Resources to negotiate the purchase of a coal mine.
When Zwane replaced Ngoako Ramatlhodi as minister, it was widely speculated that this was because of his close links to the Gupta family. Zwane had been one of those who helped smooth the use of Waterkloof air force base as a landing strip for the Gupta wedding plane.
Now Zwane’s spokesman has confirmed that he travelled to Switzerland where the purchase of the mine, which supplies an Eskom power station, was negotiated with Glencore.
While the minister’s spokesman confirms the trip, Director Nazeem Howa denied it outright, describing it as “absolute rubbish”.
The FM quoted Zwane’s spokesman saying: “Minister Zwane has committed himself to an open-door policy. This, in part, requires travelling to meet with all stakeholders to represent government’s position.”