Guptas used relationship with Zuma to bully their way into business says ex-security director

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has heard how the Guptas used their relationship with former President Jacob Zuma to bully their way into businesses.

The former Director of the Domestic Branch of State Security Agency, Gibson Njenje told the commission in Parktown, Johannesburg, that he was brought in to mediate at a meeting where Ajay Gupta demanded a 90% stake in a company linked to former President Kgalema Motlanthe‘s wife, Gugu Mtshali.

Njenje, together with Mo Shaik and Jeff Maqethuka worked at the intelligence agency from 2009 to 2011 when they were forced to resign due to the breakdown of relationship with then State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Gibson Njenje told the commission how he was called by his long-time friend, Archie Luhlabo requesting to come to former President Kgalema Motlanthe’s home in Sandton. He said he found Luhlabo there with Motlanthe’s wife, Gugu Mtshali who both were directors of a mining company called Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

Njenje said Luhlabo then requested that he accompany them to the Gupta’s Saxonwold residence and mediate between the parties. He said Ajay Gupta said that they were not greedy, but have a lot of people to take care of with that 90%.

“He said the input that they were going to make was more than that 90 %. He was not going to put in any money now. He was not going to buy these share, but he was going to make all problems to go away because of his influence and because he’s got money, yes.”