BOOKS: Guptas capture your attention
Pieter-Louis Myburgh looks at how a state is captured in The Republic of Gupta
South Africans have been enthralled as the Gupta saga has unfolded. Reports about the family and its close ties with President Jacob Zuma have riveted the nation, and this new book is adding to the mix. The timing couldn’t have been better, with the fallout from the latest cabinet reshuffle, when finance minister Pravin Gordhan was axed in favour of a Gupta-aligned minister Malusi Gigaba, still reverberating. It’s also a good moment to release a book about a topic South Africans are keenly interested in at a time when the words "junk status" and "Zupta" have become standard conversation starters. It was in 2013 that the names of the Gupta family first made headlines. Zuma defended it by telling the ANC’s national executive committee that the air force base was a strategic entry point.