JOHANNESBURG: It was Nene’s first encounter with the Gupta family in 2009 at their Sahara Computers firm that raised eyebrows.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has told the state capture inquiry that he believes he was fired by former President Jacob Zuma because he refused to toe the line on certain projects that could have benefited the Gupta family.
Nene has told the state capture commission he’s been to the Guptas Saxonwold house on four occasions, and he’s detailed how Ajay Gupta introduced himself as Zuma’s advisor the first time they met.
“I did meet the Gupta family, in particular, Ajay Gupta on a number of occasions and at government events. They were regular attendees at government events.”
It was Nene’s first encounter with the Gupta family in 2009 at their Sahara Computers firm that raised eyebrows.
“They marketed themselves as good corporate citizens, but the key point Ajay used to make is that they don’t do any business with government. He was an economist by qualification and an advisor to the president.”
He says after that first meeting, he was invited for tea in Saxonwold to speak about the economy, an invitation he accepted – which led to him visiting the home on four occasions.
However, in a video that has been circulating on social media, Nene said he only met the Guptas in social events, not in their compound.