Gupta family lawyer responds to Gupta state capture exposé

The City Press reported on an email trail between the Gupta family, their employees and President Jacob Zuma.

The emails reveal how the Gupta's have managed to do business with government, and how the family has gone as far as helping President Jacob Zuma try and secure a second home in Dubai.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to City Press reporter Sipho Masondo as well as the Gupta's family lawyer Gert van der Merwe.

We cannot look at this in isolation...This just shows that our government is run via remote control from Dubai.

Sipho Masondo, Investigative journalist for City Press

Gupta family lawyer Gert van der Merwe says it is unfair that City Press did not offer the family a chance to respond to this allegations before printing.

However, Masondo confirms that the publication tried to get hold of van der Merwe on Saturday night but failed. He says they only managed to get a comment from the Presidency.

Van der Merwe insisted that he has not yet seen the emails and that he cannot rely on newspaper reports as the email trails don't follow a sequence.

He says the Guptas have instructed him to get the emails and go through them to establish their authenticity.

According to van der Merwe the article published by City Press is highly defamatory.

Masondo has agreed to give van der Merwe a chance to peruse the emails.

To hear more of this interview, please listen below:

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