Cape Town - The controversial Gupta family launched a counter-offensive on Friday, rejecting accusations of back-room manipulation and power-broking in the Zuma government.
In a two-page advertisement under the headline “Gupta family: The Inconvenient Truth” in their newspaper, The New Age, the brothers said it was absurd to suggest their group benefited from government business, as only one percent of their business was with the government.
On charges that the Guptas had colonised the country, they said: “This is a ridiculous suggestion,” noting that they had created more than 4 500 jobs for South Africans and contributed R276 million in corporate taxes last year. “Is this colonisation?”
On claims that the Guptas had got billion-rand coal contracts to supply Eskom, they said they supplied one percent of Eskom’s needs. Total billing to date was R400m.