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mosebenzizwaneSowetanLive reports that former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane had a hard time on Tuesday maintaining that he was not a “stooge of the Guptas” as he was grilled for appointing their associates as advisers without knowing them.

When asked about his advisers Kuben Moodley and Malcolm Mabaso and their business ties to Gupta associate Salim Essa, Zwane said he had not known about their business ties or Gupta links. He said he had known the two well from the Free State and that he had needed Moodley because he knew how to interact with businessmen while Mabaso knew organisational matters, was familiar with “legal jargon”, and “was from a legal family”. When pressed by commission chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, to explain Mabaso’s ties to the ANC, Zwane conceded that he did not know if Mabaso was an ANC member and that he did not know about any qualifications he held before appointing him. He also conceded that he did not what Moodley's profession had been beside him having an MBA. Zwane is accused of having been an enabler of state capture by doing the bidding of the Guptas and of having used his political influence to pressure Glencore into selling Optimum coal mine, which had been contracted to supply coal to Eskom, to Gupta-linked Tegeta.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siviwe Feketha at SowetanLive

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