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South Africa: #GuptaLeaks Reveal Business Family’s Dealings

ANALYSIS

The e-mails and documents leaked from the heart of the Gupta empire provide mounting evidence that the president’s friends amassed a fortune offshore by preying on South African state contracts using their political contacts. By AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.

Now we can show how taxpayers were bled via a controversial dairy project. The evidence shows:

R84-million was sucked to a Gupta offshore company after the Free State government paid R114-million to a contractor.

Mosebenzi Zwane went on a Gupta-sponsored India jaunt after the provincial agriculture department, where he was MEC, approved the project.

The #GuptaLeaks have unravelled four years worth of denials by the Gupta spin machine over the family’s involvement in the controversial dairy project at Vrede in the Free State.

The project got embroiled in controversy when it emerged in 2013 that the provincial government gave an unknown company, Estina (Pty) Ltd, free argricultural land and promised it hundreds of millions in funding, without a tender.

There were signs of Gupta involvement, but the family denied any connection save for a R138,000 consulting contract.

That, as it turns out, was a multimillion rand lie. Dozens of e-mails, invoices and other documents show the family had significant control over the..

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