Atul Gupta says he’s a proud South African and never wants to leave the country, blaming white monopoly capital for what he calls the smearing of his family name.
In the latest recording from an interview with the BBC’s Radio Four, Gupta defends the family’s businesses, refuting allegations of state capture.
He also denies ever meeting former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and offering him a R600 million bribe.
Gupta says his family is in South Africa for good and it is monopoly capital that is trying to discredit the family through fake news.
“I want to stay in South Africa because I love this country, I’m proudly South African and I respect all my fellow South Africans. I’m an alive example of financial liberation and I’m playing my part.”
He also says the family’s success in the country has been limited by monopoly capital due to the colour of their skin, which he was challenged by the interviewer reminding Gupta of the various successes the family has achieved.
Gupta also denies the family having any contracts with the government.
OUTA LAYS CHARGES AGAINST GUPTAS, DUDUZANE ZUMA
Civil rights group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid charges of treason, racketeering, extortion and fraud against the Gupta brothers and President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane.
The organisation says that the Guptas and Zuma are at the heart of state capture and the charges laid at the Randburg Police Station on Thursday afternoon are aimed at combatting organised crime.
Outa’s Ben Theron says: “The Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma are at the centre of corruption as we’ve come to know it within the last few months.
“And it does not help going after the people that have been corrupted, we need to go after the Corruptor as well.”