Former President Thabo Mbeki has debunked claims that he introduced the Guptas to President Zuma, stating that even if he did, he can’t be responsible for whatever that happened between Zuma and the Gupta family.
This follows the allegation EPPA’s (Ex-Political Prisoners Association) Mpho Masemola tabled saying “the Gupta family was introduced to Jacob Zuma by Thabo Mbeki and Essop Pahad.”
Responding, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation released a statement where it acknowledged the various claims linking the former President and the Guptas.
The Foundation said it avoided to respond on the matter in order not to “descend to the lower depths to which the allegation desperately attaches.”
The statement specified that “Thabo Mbeki did not at any point introduce the Gupta family to President Zuma.” But however, argued that “even if it were true that Mbeki had introduced the Gupta family to President Zuma, unless it is alleged and proven that he did so with an improper motive, he would not be held responsible for whatever may or may not have transpired thereafter between President Zuma and the Gupta family.
For Mr. Masemola to suggest otherwise is in fact to accuse President Zuma of lacking the capacity to make his own ethical judgement.”
The Mbeki foundation revealed that only Pres. Jacob Zuma introduced himself to the wealthy Gupta family and that he (Zuma) has to take responsibility of whatever that must have gone wrong with the Guptas.