Outa to lay corruption charges against Gupta ‘postman’ Richard Seleke
The Department of Public Enterprises director-general passed confidential and classified data to members of the Gupta family and their associates, Outa says
Director-general of the Department of Public Enterprises Richard Seleke is in the sights of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), which is going to lay charges of corruption against him.
Outa portfolio director for social services Dominique Msibi said on Tuesday that affidavits were being prepared in order to lay the charges against Seleke, who had been implicated in Gupta family-associated corruption.
Outa director Ted Blom told members of Parliament’s public enterprises committee on Tuesday that Seleke had acted as the "postman" for the Guptas and state-owned enterprises, receiving and passing on confidential and classified information to members of the Gupta family and their associates.
The documents transferred to them included a highly confidential letter that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown sent to Denel.
Blom noted that Seleke, who was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, started his career in the public service in the Free State under then agriculture MEC Mosebenzi Zwane, who is now the minister of the Department of Mineral Resources and who has also been implicated in corruption allegations.
Seleke also served as a nonexecutive director on the Transnet board.
Blom said the leaked Gupta e-mails showed that Seleke was central to the transfer of documents and information to the family. These included documents from China South Rail in January 2015; a letter from Eskom’s Matshela Koko in August 2015 regarding the Optimum coal mine; a privileged legal opinion obtained by Eskom, which was sent to Seleke in November 2015; a letter sent by Koko from an Eskom coal supply contractor dealing with coal supply problems; a letter from Brown to Denel; and in March 2016, an analysis of the rand exchange rate and the state of the economy.
Seleke was always included in the all the emails dealing with the Denel Asia joint venture that Denel wanted to establish with Gupta-linked VR Laser, which has been stalled by the Treasury.
Seleke has made a point of promoting the joint venture in his past briefings to the committee.
Blom also highlighted the suspect relationship between the Guptas and Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh.