President Jacob Zuma has categorically denied, in Parliament, having ordered any state entity to award contracts to anyone linked to him.
In Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly on Thursday, opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) tried to pin him down on revelations that suggest this may not be true.
They raised a sworn affidavit by Brent Simmons, a Public Service and Administration chief director, and admissions by former Minerals Department official Jacinto Rocha, who's admitted the Guptas informed him about a 2012 Cabinet reshuffle before it took place.
Zuma faced hard questions in the house, not least from Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.
Faced with Zuma’s denials, Malema asked why he was not taking legal action against those who placed him at meetings where he asked for favours, or the media who reported such allegations?
“Why are you not taking action at least to protect the good image of the office, if you don’t care personally?
Zuma replied: “I don’t know whether members want to play politics. Firstly, people say something about president Zuma in this country every day. Should I stand every day, take everybody to court? You say a lot of things about me, should I do so?”
Zuma’s told MPs he’s considering the terms of reference for a commission of inquiry into state capture, but he’s given no date as to when it might start.
He’s gone to court to challenge former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendation that Chief Justice Mogeong Mogoeng appoint the judge to lead the inquiry, given that Zuma is implicated. The case is set to be heard in October.