Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s personal assistant is at the centre of a mysterious R32,000 Dubai hotel bill and a chauffeured drive to the Gupta family’s home in the United Arab Emirates city. The Times has discovered details of the trip in the leaked Gupta e-mails. Brown’s PA Kim Davids on Tuesday confirmed she had been in Dubai in the period indicated in the e-mails, but insisted she had paid her own way. She could not explain why a detailed invoice bearing her name had been sent to the Guptas to settle or why they had been party to arranging a chauffeur to ferry someone with her name to their 10-bedroom villa. Invoices and documents show that in late December 2015 and early January 2016 Rajesh “Tony” Gupta and the family’s lieutenants were discussing the payment of a Davids’s stay at the five-star Oberoi hotel. The hotel has become infamous for being the go-to place to holiday for the Guptas’ guests, including a gaggle of South African cabinet ministers. At the time th...

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