Cape Town - The leak of a few hundred gigabytes of data containing 100 000 to 200 000 emails sent between the Gupta brothers, the Zuma "heir apparent" Duduzane and their business partners represents a turning point in post-apartheid South African history.
Over the next few days and weeks some of the country’s finest investigative journalists will together trawl through thousands of pages to put together much clearer picture of state capture than what we know at this point.
Their work will be published on News24, the Daily Maverick and amaBhungane simultaneously.
Catch up on some of the highlights below.
#GuptaLeaks: How Guptas went behind government’s back on Dalai Lama
While the leaked tranche of Gupta emails reveal the government and the Guptas to have maintained very close channels of communication over recent years, they did not share everything. It may have displeased the Guptas’ pals in high places, for instance, to learn that the family was hoping to persuade the Dalai Lama to attend an ANN7 event in 2014 as an honoured guest.
#GuptaLeaks:The gift that keeps on giving
The Guptas dished out personal and political largesse to the sons of Free State Premier Ace Magashule. In turn, one son opened doors to Magashule’s office, where staff appeared to do the Guptas’ bidding. In much the same way that Duduzane Zuma was apparently groomed, the #GuptaLeaks suggest that Magashule’s sons were similarly primed to become Gupta intermediaries.
#GuptaLeaks: Despite denials, Free State dairy was a huge cash spinner for Guptas
The emails and documents leaked from the heart of the Gupta empire provide mounting evidence that the president’s friends amassed a fortune offshore by preying on South African state contracts using their political contacts.
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