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The Republic Of Gupta: A Story Of State Capture

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The Guptas, arguably South Africa’s most infamous family, have dominated news headlines for many years. But the landing of a commercial airliner packed with wedding guests at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013 sparked the most severe onslaught of public outrage the politically connected family had endured up to that fateful day. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.


The Republic Of Gupta examines the various controversies surrounding the family and explores the path that took the brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta from an obscure town in India to the inner circle of South African president Jacob Zuma.


This book investigates:



  • What were the Guptas up to during Thabo Mbeki’s tenure as president?

  • What role did they play in Zuma’s dramatic rise to power?

  • How do they get senior government officials to do their bidding?

  • What is it like being in the family’s employ?

  • What does state capture really involve?



Unpacking these and other questions, Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into The Republic Of Gupta.

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What was Ajay Gupta doing on Thabo Mbeki's ‘secret’ advisory council?
Did the Guptas play a role in Jacob Zuma's rise to power?
How did the Guptas capture South African cricket?
What is their interest in the controversial nuclear procurement deal?
What influence have they had in the hiring and firing of cabinet ministers?

The Guptas rose to national infamy when a commercial airliner packed with guests for a family wedding was allowed to land at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013, sparking an onslaught of public outrage. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.
The Republic of Gupta investigates what the Gupta brothers were up to during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency and how they got into the inner circle of President Jacob Zuma. It shines new light on their controversial ventures in computers, cricket, newspapers and TV news, and coal and uranium mining. And it explores their exposure by public protector Thuli Madonsela, their conflict with finance minister Pravin Gordhan, and the real reasons behind the cabinet reshuffle of March 2017.
Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into the Republic of Gupta.
 

Additional Info

Author Pieter-Louis Myburgh
Publisher Penguin Books
Place Cape Town
Year 2017
ISBN 9781776090891
Binding Paperback
Condition Very Good

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