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JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) on Friday said it laid charges of corruption against Denel chairman, Dan Mantsha over his involvement in state capture.

OUTA said in statement, the case was opened at Brooklyn police station in Wednesday.

Ben Theron OUTA’s Chief Operating Officer said:  “Dan Mantsha sold out his country to pay his municipal bill.” “He tried to give the Guptas access to South Africa’s defence technology business, thereby handing them billions of dollars in lucrative deals. He shared confidential government documents with the Guptas and took favours from them in trips to India and Dubai.

“Why is a man like this still allowed to chair the Denel board?  In our opinion, the Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown should fire him.”

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Mantsha was appointed as chairman and non-executive director of the state-owned entity Denel in July 2015. “As soon as he was appointed, Mantsha started working with the Guptas to share with them his access to this lucrative defence industry. “He attempted to tie Denel into a deal that would have given the Guptas access to billions of dollars in defence deals in Asia.”

Theron said Mantsha seemed to have been in financial difficulty when he was appointed to Denel and apparently found the Guptas useful. “Mantsha’s role was to try to sell this joint venture to the National Treasury and Ministry of Public Enterprises. They claimed the joint venture had the potential to do business in Asia to the value of $9.2 billion over five years.” 

Theron said the dealings that ensued between Denel and various Gupta entities can be measurably attributed to Mantsha’s sinister relationship with the Gupta family.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE