‘President Zuma readily opened the doors for the Guptas’

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The State Capture Commission has found that former president Jacob Zuma played a central role in helping the Guptas capture Eskom.

The Presidency released the fourth part of the report on Friday, 29 April 2022, which zeroes in on National Treasury, Eskom and the disastrous R1 billion housing project in the Free State.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo found that the Guptas identified Zuma as someone they could easily use for their own advantage.

“Central to the Guptas’ scheme of state capture was President Zuma, who the Guptas must have identified at a very early stage as somebody whose character was such that they could use him against the people of SA, his own country and his own government to advance their own business interests — and President Zuma readily opened the doors for the Guptas to go into the SOEs and help themselves to the money and assets of the people of SA,” he said.

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ZONDO: ZUMA AIDED GUPTA CORRUPTION AT ESKOM

Zondo says evidence heard at the State Capture Commission indicates that the Guptas were in control of the Eskom board – and that Jacob Zuma and his public enterprises minister Lynne Brown had been manipulating the situation at the power utility to advance the controversial family’s business interests.

It is no secret that Eskom is in a state of disarray as it is struggling to keep the lights on, something which has been partially blamed on years of state capture.

“If the position is not that the Guptas were making decisions that were supposed to be made by people in Government or if the position is not that President Zuma was consulting the Guptas before making decisions that he or his Ministers were supposed to make, how would one explain the fact that in respect of a scheme that was quite clearly devised by the Guptas and their associates to initially have certain Eskom executives suspended… “

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

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