The leaked emails have revealed a lot of things to most South Africans.
According to the leaked emails, President Jacob Zuma’s former secretary visited the Guptas at Saxonwold.
The emails reveal that the Guptas entertained a stream of high rollers, politicians both national and provincial.
Going back to 2012, the emails reportedly reveal exactly who visited the Saxonwold mansion and when.
Pres. Zuma’s former private secretary, Delsey Sithole sent a request for a Jacob Zuma Foundation dinner to the chief executive of Gupta-owned company Sahara, Ashu Chawla, in October 2012. She also sent her son’s CV to Tony Gupta, asking him to give him an internship at his company.
When contacted for comments, Sithole said:
”I was no longer private secretary to the president in 2013. This was a request in good faith to a contact. It was not linked to any favours or expectations on his side.”
According to the emails, former government spokesman Jimmy Manyi visited Saxonwold.
When contacted for comments, he had this to say;
”I was no longer a member of government and what i did with his time is none of your business”.
The premiers of the Free State and the North West, Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo both visited the Guptas, too.
A spokesman for the North West government did not deny the visit but did not say what it was about.
Several Free State MECs also visited the family.
The Free State provincial government said:
“The Free State premier has noted the so-called e-mail communications circulating. The relevant authorities, including the Hawks, have embarked on investigations intended to test the validity and authenticity of such e-mails.
“Until such investigations are concluded, the premier and the Free State provincial government shall not respond to enquiries.”
Former deputy minister in the presidency and current deputy minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Oped Bapela did not deny meeting the Guptas and said he had been a friend of the family since 2001.
“We are still friends to this day,” he reportedly said.