Optimum coal, once the jewel in the Guptas’ business crown, will on Tuesday be the centre of a legal tussle in the high court in Pretoria as national director of public prosecution (NDPP) Shamila Batohi seeks preservation orders for Tegeta shares in the company.

The Guptas, well known for scoring billions of rand in tenders and contracts courtesy of their contacts in former president Jacob Zuma’s government, bought Optimum in 2016 and listed Zuma’s son, Duduzane, as a partner...

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