Ajay, a member of the Gupta family, has raised a voice against growing hate and disdain words made on the family names by South Africans.
The family, who seem to be weary of the countless accusations laid against it, said there is a witch-hunt against the family and that its meetings with cabinet ministers are being used to peddle lies.
According to Ajay Gupta – who responded to the allegation that the family lied in its interview with Stephen Grootes of EWN, – the family are always being roasted for same business dealings other individuals do and get away with.
“Everyone meets with ministers, but when the Guptas meet with the minister it is wrong. Why is the Gupta family being targeted?” Ajay Gupta asked Stephen Grootes during an interview with him which was mysteriously leaked.
In the interview, Gupta answered questions on the family’s relationship with President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane and ministers Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzisi Zwane. In all his response, Grootes affirmed that it was clear that Ajay was lying.
Asked about the family’s relationship with Zuma, Gupta said he sees no wrong in being friends with the president.
“Having a relation is not an issue; it is whether he is doing something that is the most important for everyone. I can say categorically, say that we never asked [for anything] so why would he be doing anything for us?
“If you can bring one person who can say we asked the president to do anything [then do so].”
Grootes however reported that Ajay denied having met Van Rooyen prior to him being appointed to the position of finance minister. That was despite former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recently released State of Capture report indicating otherwise.
“Let me categorically say I have never seen him before he became a minister and one day after being made a minister, one of my colleagues reminded me that we saw him at one of the gatherings and he was standing next to Mr Kebby [Maphatsoe]. We also made a presentation to MKMVA [Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association] and he was there and recognized us first.”
The Gupta family has been implicated in several corrupt acts, especially in businesses related to important government departments.
The family at a time decided to move out of the country following the heightened threats by South Africans to bring their down fall.
The state capture report is still a matter of serious debate as the family gets more roped in corruptions and shady businesses that have possibly led to the economic fall-outs in the country.