After the Gupta family challenged The Sunday Times to expose the email evidence it had, the weekly has responded with a string of emails confirming the influential family have exercised control over the government, effectively running the country from their sprawling multimillion-rand Saxonwold compound.
The newspaper has revealed the series of email correspondences it used to expose President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Gupta family for having paid for a flight for Des van Rooyen, chauffeured a Denel director in Dubai and approved Mosebenzi Zwane’s ministerial post a month before he was officially appointed.
While the family has denied this, issuing a statement through their lawyer Gert van der Merwe, emails obtained by the Sunday Times suggest otherwise. “Once the documents are studied and verified, my client will be in a position to comment if justified. The family denies any wrongdoing or paying any amounts to ministers or the president and reserve its rights,” the statement read.
See the emails below