Guptas tied to another Denel deal

Atul Gupta. Picture: Gallo Images

Atul Gupta. Picture: Gallo Images

Denel has since defended the deal.

The EFF is demanding answers from National Treasury and the department of public enterprises following another Gupta-linked government deal.

This follows a City Press report that company VR Laser South Africa, of which Ajay Gupta’s son, Kamal Kant Singhala, 24, is a director, landed a R10 billion contract with state arms manufacturer Denel. Denel reportedly awarded the contract for cutting the steel of the army’s new combat vehicles to VR Laser.

But Denel has since defended the deal, referring to the Gupta-run company as “specialists in the field”.

In a scathing statement, the EFF demanded that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown “audit all the contracts and tenders awarded to the Gupta family to assess if they were legally issued”.

This comes as the state manufacturer is pushing ahead with a controversial joint venture with VR Laser Asia, of which long-time family friend of the Guptas, Salim Essa is a director.

Treasury has been at odds with Denel since the venture was announced in January and has apparently not signed off the deal.


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