Johannesburg - Another top banker on Wednesday accused ANC leaders and former cabinet ministers of attempting to force one of the country’s major commercial banks to take over accounts belonging to the Guptas and their associates.
Nedbank chief executive Mike Brown told the commission of inquiry into state capture, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane tried to force it into re-opening bank accounts belonging to the Guptas and related entities.
Brown told the commission the inter-ministerial committee headed by Zwane tried to force Nedbank to step in and take over the accounts closed by its competitors Standard Bank, Absa and FNB in 2016.
Zwane told Brown the banks were disrespectful towards the government by refusing to meet his committee. Nedbank was the last of four of the country’s major commercial banks to testify this week.
The bank’s testimony follows those of executives from Absa, Standard Bank and FNB which implicated ANC leaders, including national chairperson Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, national executive committee members Enoch Godongwana and Faith Muthambi, as well as legal adviser Krish Naidoo in attempts to save the Guptas’ bank accounts.