Zuma asked me to help the Guptas - report

2016-03-20 10:58
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Durban – The former head of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has fingered President Jacob Zuma as having played a key role in driving state business to the Gupta family, the Sunday Times reported.

The report said former GCIS head Themba Maseko claimed Zuma had arranged a meeting for him to “help” the Guptas.

In the past week, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor have lifted the lid on the purported extent of the Gupta influence.  

- Read more: Gupta influence not new or unprecedented - analysts

According to the report, Zuma phoned Maseko directly to ensure he met the Gupta brothers.

This flies in the face of the president’s assertions in Parliament that he had no knowledge of the family soliciting government favours or being involved in the appointment of Cabinet ministers.

News24 reported last week that Zuma told the National Assembly he hired ministers, not the Guptas. "Go ask the Guptas, and Jonas, it has nothing to do with me. Where do I come in? Ask the people he said offered him the job," he said.

However, Maseko said when he met the Guptas they asked the GCIS to spend state money on advertising in The New Age newspaper.

The family is purported to have said that they could exercise influence over ministers to buy advertising in the newspaper.

When Maseko declined a follow-up meeting, a heated exchange between him and Ajay Gupta is said to have ensued, with the latter saying: “I’m not asking you, I’m telling you.”

Maseko was later shifted from his position as GCIS CEO.

- Watch: When Zuma met Gupta - a family history

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gupta family  |  politics

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