Cape Town – The only reason why the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in October this year, was to gain access to state coffers, said Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Speaking in a debate on the impact the decisions by the NPA to prosecute Gordhan had had on the economy, Mkhaliphi sketched a situation should a finance minister loyal to the Gupta family be successful in capturing National Treasury.
“If a Gupta puppet controls National Treasury, the SAA would get unlimited guarantees, regardless of the bad management of Dudu Myeni (SAA board chairperson),” she said.
“If a Gupta puppet controls National Treasury, Denel and the Guptas will loot state money in Asia without disruption,” she said with reference to a controversial deal in which Denel had acquired a stake in a company VR Laser which reportedly has ties with the Guptas.
“If a Gupta puppet controls National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will be looted to buy Airforce One,” she said.
“Look what happened with Eskom when state money was used to buy a mining company for Duduzani Zuma.”
Mkhaliphi was referring to former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report. In her findings she said the Eskom board acted in such a way as to favour the Guptas’ mining company Tegeta over other rivals when coal contracts had been awarded. The president’s son, Duduzane, is said to have a stake in Tegeta coal.
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