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Pravin Gordhan: My daughter has not done any business with the state

Pravin Gordhan: My daughter has not done any business with the state
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan testifies at Zondo’s commission of inquiry into state capture on November 19, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Felix Dlangamandla)

In concluding remarks at the State Capture Inquiry on Wednesday – following testimony that began on Monday – Pravin Gordhan responded to allegations by the EFF that his daughter had benefited financially through state tenders.

Pravin Gordhan’s statement as read out to the Zondo Commission:

Here is the audio clip: 

Witnesses appearing before the Commission, like myself, are quite willing to be attacked politically, quite willing to be criticised politically, quite willing to be corrected if we presented wrong evidence, but it would be very nice if our critics come forward under oath, and present themselves to this Commission.

What is unacceptable are attacks on families.

This information about my daughter is submitted for the public to understand.

She joined Investec Bank Limited’s private equity division in 2007 and resigned in late 2017.

Most financial services institutions invest capital (their own- or third-party investor money) in emerging, privately-owned businesses.

The private equity division at Investec invested in privately held companies on behalf of Investec Bank Limited.

Investec, the Bank, was, therefore is, the owner of the shares (not my daughter) of these private businesses.

She was an employee in this division and part of a team of 12 private equity professionals who were appointed as non-executive directors to the boards of these companies as a representative of Investec, the owner of the shares.

Private equity professionals from this team represented Investec on the boards of each company. It’s not her money. Their job is to look after the money of the bank and investors. This then helps smaller businesses to grow and create jobs.

She did not benefit financially in any way – i.e. she did not own any shares in these businesses directly – and did not benefit from any director fees or other financial compensation from these companies.

The benefits went to the bank and its investors.

She was not a member of the management or executive teams of these businesses.

None of the directorships my daughter held were in her personal capacity and were always on behalf of her employer.

The allegations of her using the relationship with myself, to get access to government tenders to benefit these companies, is a blatant lie and these dangerous and unfounded allegations have been made to intimidate and harass my family and myself.

She does not have any bank accounts in Canada – and for the record nor do I – and has not had any financial interests in Canada.

My daughter has not done any business with the state.

Part of what is going on is the descent to racism that we are seeing in this country as a cheap political mechanism to launch attacks. DM


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