Guptas will not challenge state capture report, will work with commission of inquiry

The Gupta family will not challenge former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report and welcomes the idea of a commission of inquiry, their lawyer Gert van der Merwe said on Thursday morning.

Madonsela’s damning report, titled State of Capture, was released just before 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Van der Merwe said the Gupta family is “looking forward” to submitting their side to an impartial judge.

“We welcome Madonsela’s report. She did good work. It is a body of evidence she collected. It makes no findings against my clients, for good reason. She rightly steered away from making findings against my clients, she did not hear our version.

“Now we look forward to work with a judge on this, we won’t have to struggle with someone inexperienced in law of evidence.

“I’ve seen Vytjie Mentor’s affidavit. It is questionable. There are pieces scratched out, pieces rewritten, and some scratched out again. I’m looking forward to questioning it. And so we will question every detail, Mcebisi Jonas’ version, the Eskom deals, everything.”

State of Capture differed from Madonsela’s usual reports: It made no recommendations and listed no findings, only “observations”. The wording was carefully crafted, with words used such as “seemingly”, “might be” and “alleged”.

Nonetheless, the body of evidence Madonsela managed to collect implicated President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane, Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe, the Gupta brothers, especially Ajay Gupta, minister of public enterprises Lynne Brown, former minister of finance Des van Rooyen and minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane in serious wrongdoing. 

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


Eskom refers employees suspected of contracts graft for criminal investigations

The struggling power utility has updated Parliament on investigations into contracts where more than R4-billion was lost in overpayments

Locally built ventilators ready in two weeks as Covid cases...

The companies making the non-invasive devices, which will create jobs and are cheaper than other types, include car and diving manufacturers

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday