Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has slammed former Denel chair Daniel Mantsha for attacking him “in public” over the Treasury’s refusal to sign off on the Gupta-linked Denel Asia deal. In a statement filed at the Zondo inquiry into state capture, Gordhan accused Mantsha, former president Jacob Zuma’s new attorney, of making “extraordinarily belligerent attacks” on the Treasury and him personally, while he was serving as finance minister. The cause of those “attacks”, he said, was the Treasury’s refusal to sign off on the establishment of a joint venture between Denel and Gupta-affiliated company VR Laser Asia. The dealings of the Gupta family, which has close relations with Zuma and his son Duduzane, have come under scrutiny at the Zondo inquiry, where several witnesses have testified about their attempts at political influence for their commercial benefit. “VR Laser Asia is a company owned by Mr Salim Essa, a Gupta business associate, as its sole shareholder, and which h...

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