Des van Rooyen a 'regular visitor' to Gupta home - report

2016-10-30 12:56
Des van Rooyen (File)

Des van Rooyen (File)

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Cape Town - The noose is tightening for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, with revelations that he visited the Gupta home seven times in 2015.

According to a Sunday Times report, Van Rooyen visited the Gupta household in the days before President Jacob Zuma announced his brief appointment as Finance Minister.

The BBC recently reported that cellphone records put Van Rooyen at the Gupta home, bolstering claims that the influential family are central to state capture allegations.

In answer to a parliamentary question, Van Rooyen denied visiting the Gupta home before his appointment as finance minister.

The Democratic Alliance is to report Van Rooyen to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for a violation of the Executive Ethics Code.

The Sunday Times reports that Van Rooyen visited the Gupta home from December 2 to 8 and this information may be contained in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into state capture.

ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas have each made statements regarding the Gupta influence on Cabinet appointments.

Email trail

READ: Cellphone records place Van Rooyen at Gupta home

"Members of the Gupta family offered me the position of Minister of Finance to replace then-Minister Nene. I rejected this out of hand," Jonas said in a statement.

"The basis of my rejection of their offer is that it makes a mockery of our hard earned democracy, the trust of our people and no one apart from the President of the Republic appoints ministers. Let me also place it on record that there was no discussion between the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC Ms Jessie Duarte and myself on this matter."

According to the Sunday Times, there is an email trial between Van Rooyen and a Gupta-linked company. The trail allegedly links Van Rooyen, his adviser Ian Whitley, and Trillian Capital Partners CEO Eric Wood, indicating that Wood knew Zuma was going to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene two months in advance, by October 26.

Van Rooyen recently withdrew his interdict of the state capture report after receiving an assurance from the Public Protector’s office that it made "no adverse findings" against him.

Read more on:    public protector  |  anc  |  jacob zuma  |  des van rooyen  |  politics  |  state capture

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