Former Free State Economic Development MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana has told the state capture inquiry, that Tony Gupta tried to bribe him with R2-million in exchange for his signature for a multimillion rand government deal. Dukwana says the Guptas told him Magashule and Duduzane Zuma were receiving money for a mine in the Free State. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Former Free State Economic Development MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana has made damning allegations at the state capture inquiry.
He said Tony Gupta tried to bribe him with R2-million in exchange for his signature for a multimillion-rand government deal.
Dukwana also told the inquiry that Gupta told him that Ace Magashule and Duduzane Zuma were receiving money for the Jagersfontein mine based in the Free State.
“In an effort to try and persuade me to append my signature to the said letter Tony intimated to me that both Magashule and Duduzane Zuma were recipients from the money from Jagersfontein mine. Neither Magashule nor Duduzane disputed....it was in relation to the money that he said was coming from this project,” he said.
“... Further, Tony told me that Magashule would not benefit from this project. He said I would receive R2-million, I was told by Tony that if I append my signature an instant of R2-million would be given to me. A gentleman with Indian accent was called by Tony and he whispered some words in a language unknown to me. The gentlemen left the room and came back with the pilot bag ... he then indicated to me this is what I would get. Immediately I would go home with this amount of money if I signed. He said it was R2-million. It was R200 bank notes.”
Dukwana added that the Guptas influenced hiring and firing in his department.
He told the inquiry that the family’s suitable candidates were just a phone call away.