Ngoako Ramatlhodi Explosive Revelation: It is no news that President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma is more than a friend to the South African most controversial family, the Gupta.
For 11 years, he worked with the Guptas, starting as a 22-year-old trainee at the family’s Sahara computer company.
Duduzane also owns 12.8% of Tegeta Exploration and Resources – a Gupta-owned coal company while various members of the Gupta family own 36% of the company. Salim Essa, an associate of the family owns 21.5% and just over 20% is owned by two mysterious off-shore companies in the United Arab Emirates.
It might interest you to know that the Duduzane also resides a few blocks away from the Guptas’ Saxonwold mansion in Johannesburg.
Atul Gupta arrived in South Africa from Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1993 – a year before the election of Nelson Mandela.
And since then, he and his brothers Rajesh and Ajay have established computer business to amass stakes in uranium, gold and coal mines, a luxury game lodge, an engineering company, a newspaper and a 24-hour news TV station.
The controversial family has been in business with at least three of President Zuma’s family members, including his son Duduzane.
Zuma’s wife Bongi Ngema-Zuma worked for Gupta-controlled JIC Mining Services as a communications officer. Also, Zuma’s daughter Duduzile was a director at Sahara Computers Ltd.
The economic and political crisis plaguing South Africa since 2009 has led to an increasingly level of protest. And the Gupta family received a large chunk of the blame – since it emerged that they influenced the appointments of some ministers and gained extraordinary privileges from President Zuma.
Together, Duduzane and the family have been through so many things. In 2016, following a sustained political attack on the company, Dudu resigned from Oakbay.
Prior to his resignation, he was a director of Shiva Uranium while Ajay and Atul were the co-chairs of Oakbay Investments.
“..As a result, therefore, I have decided to relinquish all positions that I hold at Oakbay companies and am exiting investments to preserve the jobs of Oakbay’s thousands of employees and to de-politicise my participation in business,” Duduzane said then.
At the time, the Oakbay announced that it has invested R10bn in South Africa and employed more than 4 500 people.
On Tuesday morning, recently-dismissed minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi made startling revelations while speaking to eNCA.
Ramalhodi was displaced as Public Service Minister by president Jacob Zuma in his recent cabinet reshuffle, in March, that also saw finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy removed.
Though Ramatlhodi, at first, held his post-dismissal plans close to his chest, he, however, shocked everyone last month when he announced his resignation as an ANC MP.
Ramatlhodi, who was SA’s former mines minister was replaced by another Gupta stooge Mosebenzi Zwane.
Zwane has severally defended the family in public. According to reports, the Guptas played influential roles in Zwane’s political career right from the time he held positions in the Free State.
While the interview lasted, we were able to pick 10 crucial statements from his astounding confession.
- The former minister was ‘effectively’ pressed by reinstated Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and chairperson Ben Ngubane to blackmail resources giant Glencore while he was the minister.
- The pressure was mounted on him because Molefe had wanted the Gupta family to be favoured. At the time, the family was trying to buy the Optimum coal mine from Glencore.
- The axed minister maintained that he was fired as Mines minister ‘within weeks’ after he refused to give in to their pressure.
- President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane persuaded him to meet the Gupta family severally but he refused.
- When Ramatlhodi reported Duduzane to his father, telling him about the meeting, President Zuma only replied ‘it’s okay‚ there is no problem.
- The axed minister said he’s willing to detail further related issues during a commission of inquiry‚ which was recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela after her investigation into state capture.