Let a court test claims of Gupta corruption, Ben Martins insists
The deputy minister of public enterprises maintains he did not participate in any act of state capture
Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins says allegations of state capture against the Gupta family should be ventilated in a court of law. Martins said this to Business Day on Wednesday shortly after appearing at the state-capture hearing of the portfolio committee on public enterprises. On Tuesday, former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana told the inquiry he was introduced to the Guptas by Martins. Montana criticised Martins for distancing himself from the Guptas at his expense. Martins insisted, however, that he had not been involved in corrupt activities. “He who alleges must prove [the allegations]. In regard to the family, they must be charged, and a court of law will decide whether they are corrupt or not or if their business practices have been corrupt,” said Martins.