Johannesburg - Pravin Gordhan is expected to tell the state capture inquiry how he was introduced to one of the Gupta brothers, Ajay, by former president Jacob Zuma.
News24 reports that a sworn statement submitted by Gordhan to the state capture inquiry details how Zuma called Gordhan to a meeting at his presidential home in Pretoria and introduced him to Gupta.
Gordhan said Zuma introduced Gupta as a friend and someone with experience in finance. This meeting allegedly took place during Gordhan's first terms as finance minister between 2009 and 2014.
Pleasantries were exchanged but Gupta did not stay in the meeting and later left.
Gordhan said he fought off attempts for a meeting by one of the Gupta brothers. He admits to only meeting the infamous brothers at government events and during a meeting with an Indian businessman. That meeting was said to have been organised by one of the Gupta brothers who insisted that Gordhan's chief of staff at the time should arrange it.