Ahead of Madonsela’s report on state capture, a new evidence into the long-running investigation has implicated the Guptas and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen.
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According to a report by renowned foreign media, BBC, cellphone evidence showed that Van Rooyen “was drinking tea with the influential family” the night he grabbed Nene’s position as Finance Minister.
It is understood that the minister, who doubles as President Jacob Zuma’s backer in the long-running state capture probe paid the Guptas a visit the night that preceded the dismissal of former Minister Nene.
The report said, “sources close to Madonsela say evidence gathered from cellphones show that the man chosen to succeed a popular finance minister who was dramatically sacked last year‚ had spent the previous evening at the home of the Guptas – a wealthy Indian business family alleged to wield influence over the president”.
Moving further, the report added that the cell phone record showed that Van Rooyen spent hours with the Guptas at their home in Johannesburg that night.
BuzzSouthAfrica is yet to substantiate BBC’s report as it is still unfolding. On the other hand, our reporters confirmed that Van Rooyen has succeeded in his bid to stop the release of the long-awaited state capture report.
The Cooperative Governance Minister was spotted in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday morning, where he applied for interdicts to prevent the release of the report and it was granted.
It is on record that the controversial minister’s brief appointment as finance minister in December had massive repercussions on SA’s finance sector.
The minister has also been quiet on questions regarding his trip to Dubai at the time the Guptas were in India. He made the trip in less than two weeks after his four-day appointment.
While we hope for a good outcome, we believe Public Protector Madonsela would get down to the root of the matter, do the needful and deliver justice where applicable.