JOHANNESBURG – In the latest in the so-called Gupta leaked emails, it’s been reported that former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s name was used by a business associate of the controversial family related to Transnet’s locomotive deal.
Various newspaper reports, citing the leaked mails, claim that a letter was written in Nene’s name and addressed to the China Development Bank board’s chairperson in January 2015.
Nene has called the letter a fabrication.
He says that the letter could not have come from his office, adding that he’s baffled about how it ended up in the hands of Gupta associates.
Leaked emails have revealed that the letter was written by a senior economic advisor working for an investment company that was involved in the now-controversial Transnet locomotive procurement project.
The project was worth over R50 billion and the Guptas allegedly received over R5 billion in kickbacks.
The letter ended up with Guptas-owned Sahara Computers chief executive Ashu Chawla.
The Gupta employee’s name has consistently come up in the recent leaked emails, showing interference or associations with government departments or state-owned entities.
Earlier this month, an AmaBhungane and Scorpio expose revealed how Zuma’s friends and their associates were allegedly diverting billions of rand from Transnet’s purchase of locomotives to their offshore accounts.