Dlamini-Zuma also visited Gupta



Minister Nkosazan Dlamini-Zuma, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, is one of the ministers who visited Gupta.

Dlamini-Zuma, who was bitterly defeated in the battle last year in December last year by President Cyril Ramaphos, asked YES MP Shahid Esau whether he ever influenced any person from the office of the Cabinet or was influenced by him in the office, to take any administrative action on behalf of each member of the Gupta family.

He also wanted to know whether he attended any meeting where any of the "designated persons" were present – such as often called Gupta in parliamentary questions.

Dlamini-Zuma replied: "No, I was never involved, nor did I influence an employee to act on behalf of the said person (s)."

"At official meetings, I attended Mr. Ajay Gupta when I was Minister of Foreign Affairs and was a member of the Governing Board of Brand South Africa."

"I was also invited and accepted an invitation to attend Diwali's celebratory events at the Gupta family house."

Revelations

Dlamini Zuma was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2009, and then Interior Affairs from 2009 to 2012.

Her reception followed the discovery that former finance ministers Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan met with the Guptas.

According to his testimony, Neno resigned from the post of Minister of Finance after having initially passed his meetings. Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, is due to begin this week in front of the commission.

The current Interior Minister Malusi Gigab has been the subject of a parliamentary inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on some family members of Gupta's family as South African nationals.

He also attended Diwali's Gupta holidays.

He said that he visited Gupta for "reasons of social cohesion", but denies that they had any influence on him.

The committee will be re-launched in early December.

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