Veteran journalist Stephen Grootes is currently counting his loss as he shares his experience of how the Gupta family made away with his tape recorder after an exclusive interview with Ajay.
On Monday, Grootes, the host of the Midday Report on 702 opened the lid on the short exclusive interview video with Ajay Gupta.
According to the media personality, the interview held on February 16, 2016, for an hour at his Saxonwold home.
Grootes revealed that he was so excited when he learned that he would be interviewing the eldest and most influential member of the Gupta family, Ajay. For him, it was an opportunity to ask him questions revolving around the big issues at the time, ranging from his alleged influence on Des van Rooyen, Mosebenzi Zwane, President Jacob Zum and the rest of them.
Prior to the interview, the public relations and communications company that manages the reputation of the Guptas, Bell Pottinger sent him an email about the interview, asking him to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before the person he will interview will be revealed; and promising to release the interview audio after a “slight edit”.
After signing the NDA, Grootes decided to go with his personal audio recorder as a backup when he learned that he would be interviewing Ajay.
In the course of the interview, the journalist affirmed that it was clear that Ajay was lying about questions posed to him on his unhealthy relationship with Zuma, Van Rooyen and Zwane.
Worst of all, the Guptas seized his tape recorder and refused to release it to him despite attempts to have it back. In his most damning comment on the matter, Grootes wrote: “I knew at the time that the Guptas were of dubious morality. I did not expect them to be outright thieves.”
The journalist confessed that he decided to go public on the matter after just twenty-three minutes of the video was published on YouTube.
Not accepting defeat, Grootes said though the video is now outdated, it brings to light how Ajay lied about state capture and how the family’s company Bell Pottinger operates.