THICK END OF THE WEDGE
PETER BRUCE: The price of writing about the Guptas
Nothing happens without the Gupta brothers agreeing to it. I have no doubt they approved and paid for my surveillance
Two years ago, I wrote two columns I’m proud of. One was headlined "How to buy a mine for next to nothing", and detailed how the Gupta family, aided by criminals in the Eskom management and at the Department of Mineral Resources, would buy the Optimum coal mine from Glencore by using that mine’s normally untouchable rehabilitation fund. I was right. That fund now rests illegally in the Bank of Baroda. The second column was headlined, "What Zuma still has to break to win". The answer was — the Treasury and the Reserve Bank. Within weeks, he had fired Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, tried to replace him with a useful Gupta idiot, Des van Rooyen, and been forced to retreat and beg Pravin Gordhan to return. Now he has another useful Gupta idiot, Malusi Gigaba, at the Treasury, so that job is done. And if you thought Gigaba was going to be a danger to the Treasury, his deputy, Sfiso Buthelezi, is of so low an intellect, he will do even more damage. Zuma’s choice as public protector, B...