Testifying at the Zondo Commission into State Capture, Mxolisi Dukwana testified that he was offered R2 million by Tony Gupta for a multi-billion rand deal.
Testifying at the Zondo Commission on Friday, 5 April 2019, former MEC for Economic Development in the Free State, Mxolisi Dukwana, told the commission that he was offered R2 million a month by Tony “Rajesh” Gupta to help secure a multi-billion rand construction job for the family in the province.
Dukwana told the commission that he was invited to visit Johannesburg for an African National Congress (ANC) fundraising event in 2012 by the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule, who was the premier of the Free State at the time. He said he only realised that they were at the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, as they were driving into the residency.
“We were going for the provincial elective conference, I was the [provincial] treasurer of the ANC, and my responsibility was to raise funding for such. Here an opportunity arises when [Magashule] called me and indicated that he had arranged a fundraising dinner for me with some businesses who were mostly from the Free State but based here [in Johannesburg] and that we needed to do that. It was not the first time that has happened,” Dukwana said.
The former MEC said when they arrived at the residence, they were greeted by Tony Gupta, who ushered him into a room and offered him a drink, while he and Magashule went into another room.
“We get into the house and I’m directed into a room and I then found a pile of newspapers and I’m given one to read but I just did not feel like reading. I asked for a Grapetiser red and I was given that and they [Magashule and Rajesh] disappeared. I don’t know where they went,” he said.
He said upon Gupta and Magashula’s return, they were accompanied by two men whom he recognised as Duduzane Zuma and Gupta-linked businessman Iqbal Sharma.
Dukwana alleged that Tony Gupta offered him a R2 million immediate payment for signing the deal and an additional R2 million for the duration of the contract, which would have lasted ten years.
“I then said but I can’t sign this because I’m an MEC and the executive authority, this should be signed by the HOD.”