The Gupta family would welcome a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture‚ their lawyer Gert van der Merwe said on Tuesday. The family has come under intense scrutiny as a cache of damning leaked emails have been published‚ exposing the extent to which they have allegedly “captured” influential politicians and benefited from lucrative state contracts. Van der Merwe‚ speaking on Jacaranda FM‚ said he would prefer to avoid a "trial by media"‚ which could cloud opinions. He said that he had never suggested that the leaked emails were "made up" but said they needed to be the subject of an independent probe. The family therefore would support a judicial inquiry‚ he said. The interview‚ which touched on the lighter side of his interactions with the Guptas‚ saw him quipping that he had never had a drink at the infamous Saxonwold shebeen. Asked if he had met any ministers or the president‚ he said‚ "I have not met the president or any ministers‚ but I have met the pr...

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