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Ajay Gupta has denied a “malicious” claim that he was present at a meeting earlier in 2017 at which Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins was present. In an unsigned lawyer’s letter from Goitseone Pilane Attorneys sent to the parliamentary inquiry into state capture, Gupta has threatened to report the claims against the suspended head of legal and compliance at Eskom, Suzanne Daniels — who made the allegation under oath — to the police and speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Criminal charges would be investigated against her. In November, Daniels told the committee that Gupta was present along with his associate Salim Essa, Duduzane Zuma and Martins at a meeting in Johannesburg on July 29 2017. She said matters related to former CEO Brian Molefe were allegedly discussed and the intention expressed was to contact to the deputy judge president to ensure that Molefe’s court hearing was held after December 2017. The letter by Gupta’s lawyers was read out at the committee...

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