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Gupta almost got a foothold at Treasury when JZ fired Nene - Africa Confidential

15 February 2016 6:56 PM
David Van Rooyen arrived at Treasury as Finance Minister with two Gupta allies as "advisors", claims correspondent John Battersby.

After firing Nhlanhla Nene, a day after President Jacob Zuma appointed David Van Rooyen as his replacement, the new Finance Minister arrived at National Treasury with two “unnamed advisors’’.

This is according to London-based Africa Confidential which claims that the two advisors are the “Gupta allied” Mohamed Bobat and Ian Whitley.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed John Battersby, Correspondent for Africa Confidential (writer of the Africa Confidential article).

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

This would've been a potentially catastrophic moment where people from outside Treasury assumed authority.

John Battersby, Correspondent for Africa Confidential

There is a very clear process you have to go through order to become an advisor. As Trevor Manuel pointed out, that process was not followed for any of these advisors.

John Battersby, Correspondent for Africa Confidential

A third person - a childhood friend of Van Rooyen - disclosed that he knew of this appointment a month before it was made.

John Battersby, Correspondent for Africa Confidential

This was a cataclysmic moment. It can only be described as a non-military coup d'état.

John Battersby, Correspondent for Africa Confidential

This article first appeared on 702 : Gupta almost got a foothold at Treasury when JZ fired Nene - Africa Confidential


15 February 2016 6:56 PM