The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has reacted to the latest reports around its Commissioner Tom Moyane’s trip to Dubai.
It was reported this week that Moyane stayed in the United Emirates city in December 2015 around the same time that the Gupta familyand their key associates were there.
Sars has confirmed that Moyane was indeed in Dubai on 23 December but says he was in transit to spend Christmas in Portugal and returned to South African on 8 January last year.
It says that Moyane has never met with any member of the Gupta family in either his private or professional capacity.
I'M PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN
Atul Gupta says he’s a proud South African and never wants to leave the country and blames 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’s 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.