Finance minister Malusi Gigaba is reportedly compiling a dossier of evidence showing how he is not under the thumb of the Gupta family – but his opponents say that horse has bolted.
According to an insider and ‘close Gigaba ally’, speaking to the City Press, the finance minister is under immense pressure amid the Gupta email leak, which implicates him in much of the family’s matters.
The minister is looking for a way to shake the image that he is a Gutpta man by finding cases as far back as 2013 where he actively worked against the family’s desires, or “managed” situations where he had to balance what president Zuma demanded of him, and what he deemed to be the better route.
An example of this was when Gigaba blocked the sale of the Carlton Centre to the family, or had one of their allies serve on an SOE’s board rather than as chairman, amid concerns.
According to the report, Gigaba is actively looking to sever ties with the Gupta family, but is stuck in a balancing act of trying not to lose favour with president Jacob Zuma.
Gigaba’s ally said that the minister had, in the past, viewed the Gupta family as “stakeholders that he must manage” because of Zuma.
“Malusi is a facts guy. If your president or someone prominent comes to you and says, put this guy here, he will play the game. He is a political animal.
“But if it doesn’t make sense, he will not do it. He has been asked for things that don’t make sense and, as far back as 2013, he has said no where it didn’t make sense,” the source told the City Press.
However, despite his efforts, the finance minister’s political opponents, both inside and outside the party, say it is too late; with the Gupta leaks implicating Gigaba as they have, there is no way to escape the Gupta web.
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