Peter Bruce Columnist

Helen Zille aside, the weekend once again belonged to the Gupta family and their capture of President Jacob Zuma and, through him, the South African state.The question is important in the light of the Sunday Times lead which reported that a palatial R330m home, first thought to belong to the Guptas themselves, in fact belongs to Jacob Zuma. He strongly denies this and the newspaper, I thought, wasn’t quite able to stand it up. They were confident enough in their sources, unidentified, to go big with the story, however, and given what we already know about the corruption and lies surrounding the Gupta businesses here, I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt.In his regular Monday column in Business Day today, its editor, Tim Cohen, marks these revelations with a nice insight. Dubai is not simply where the Guptas do their banking. It is the centre of Plan B — in other words in case they should get found out, as they are in the process of being, there’s an escape, a refuge. Litt...

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