There was no conflict in Gupta-funded overseas trips, ex-Denel chair tells Zondo commission

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Former Denel chairperson Daniel Mantsha told the state capture commission of inquiry that he didn't think receiving a Dubai trip and "lift" to India aboard a Gupta plane was an issue.

Mantsha, who testified at the commission on Friday, said that in 2015, he travelled on the same flight to Dubai as former president Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, and his wife Shanice. Then chief executive of Gupta-owned Sahara Computers, Ashu Chawla, paid for his flight through Westdawn Investments, which had a stake in VR Laser and was part of the Oakbay group of companies which the Guptas owned. When he was asked if he was aware that Duduzane and Gupta associate Salim Essa were also shareholders, Mantsha said that in 2016, when Denel was conducting diligence, he only discovered that that Duduzane and Tony Gupta were shareholders, not Essa.

Mantsha also explained that the purpose of the Dubai trip was for a business he was pursuing with his brother. The arrangement was that Chawla would book Mantsha's trips and then invoice him.

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