President Jacob Zuma’s son Edward on Friday confronted former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Now on Monday it was Duduzane Zuma’s turn.
President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, a business partner and friend of the Guptas, has launched a stinging attack on former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
It is unclear in what capacity Duduzane Zuma wrote to Gordhan — although it appeared that he penned the letter as an associate of the Gupta family and not as an ANC member or son of the president.
In an open letter on Monday, Duduzane said he was selling all his shares in all Gupta-linked companies. He revealed that “all” his bank accounts had been closed due to his association with the controversial family.
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He said he would focus on “clearing my name”.
He has been deeply immersed in the Gupta family and their businesses, leaked Gupta e-mails show. They tell of the family helping him to buy an expensive home in Dubai, to organise and pay for his wedding and to clean up messes in his personal life.
Duduzane accused Gordhan of using state bodies such as the Financial Intelligence Centre and the Reserve Bank to try to destroy him and his business colleagues.
“All my bank accounts have been closed by your ‘friends’ in the banking industry. Likely with your support,” he wrote.
He threatened to sue Gordhan.
Last week‚ following the announcement of the sale of Tegeta‚ Gordhan said there was something strange about the sale of the Gupta companies.
A little more than a week ago‚ the High Court in Pretoria dismissed a application brought by Gordhan when he was finance minister‚ seeking a declaratory order that he could not intervene between the banks and a private client.
The court dismissed the application pointing out that the law was clear on the fact that no member of the national executive could intervene and said did not want to be pulled into political matters.
Treasury has been ordered to pay the costs of the matter.
Duduzane Zuma in the letter to Gordhan accused him of wasting taxpayers money on the court matter.
“If you had any conscience you would pay those costs back personally‚ but you never will‚” he wrote.
Duduzane Zuma further accused Gordhan of not wanting to acknowledge that he and the Guptas have welcomed the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.
He said Gordhan ignored all of this and continued to persecute him and his business partners.
Duduzane Zuma also pointed out in the letter that there were no conclusive findings in the former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report and that the ANC’s own probe‚ when it asked whistle-blowers to come forward with information‚ came up with nothing.
According to Duduzane Zuma‚ there was also a Hawks investigation against him and the Gupta family which “came up with no wrongdoing”.
It was not clear which investigation he was talking about. The Hawks could not be immediately reached for comment on this.
Contacted for comment‚ Gordhan said he has referred the open letter to his lawyers to look at.
As Duduzane Zuma stated he had reserved his rights to pursue legal action for the harm Gordhan was doing‚ Gordhan decided to refer the matter to his lawyers.
“The context matters. Why all of this? Two brothers getting noisy in the space of four days‚” Gordhan said.
He was referring to an attack by President Zuma’s other son‚ Edward Zuma‚ who disrupted Gordhan while he was addressing the Gandhi Memorial Lecture in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.
Edward Zuma‚ who was dressed in a dark suit and a tie‚ shouted: “All what you are saying you are lying. Pravin‚ you are lying! You are lying‚ you are telling people lies… You sold the country‚ you sold the country…”.