Ajay Gupta ‘wants to clear his name’
The family at the centre of state capture allegations has never asked any minister for any commercial benefit, says eldest brother
Ajay Gupta, the eldest brother of the family that stands accused of being at the centre of state capture allegations, says the family has “never asked any minister for any commercial benefit”. In an in-depth interview in Dubai with the New York Times, published on Sunday, Gupta said he will testify at the Zondo commission into state capture, “but not at this moment”. “I want to clear my name,” he told the paper. The family, who have close relations with former president Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane, who is one of their business partners, have previously said they will not travel to SA to testify in person as they feared wrongful arrest. The Gupta family’s dealings have come under scrutiny at the Zondo commission, where various witnesses have testified about their attempts at political influence for their commercial benefit. This includes former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, who said he was offered R600m by Duduzane Zuma and one of the Gupta brothers to take up the post o...
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