15 June 2017
This book is a story about state capture written by award-winning investigative journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh. The author delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians. Myburgh also explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into the Republic of Gupta.
The book investigates what the Gupta brothers were up to during the Presidency of Thabo Mbeki. It looks at how they got into President Jacob Zuma’s inner circle and explores whether the Gupta’s played a role in Zuma’s rise to power. This book is a no-holds-barred exposé of the influence of one the most powerful business families in South Africa.
It also delves into the Gupta’s controversial ventures in computers, newspapers, TV News, coal and uranium mining and finally cricket and how they paid R25-million for the naming rights to Newlands, Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park and Durban’s Kingsmead stadiums. It reveals their exposure by the previous public defender, Thuli Madonsela, their conflict with finance minister Pravin Gordan and the real reasons for the recent cabinet reshuffle in March this year. It also explains how deals went down in the Sishen iron ore saga, the Shiva Uranium deal (in anticipation of the Russian nuclear deal), Transnet, Eskom and the Passenger Rail agency of SA (PRASA).
The Guptas gained national fame in 2013 when a commercial airliner packed with guests for a family wedding was allowed to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria. This resulted in a massive public outrage. From then on the Gupta’s have been embroiled in allegations of state capture, of handing out cabinet posts to officials to do their bidding and of benefitting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.
The author earned several accolades including the Taco Kuiper Award for his series of exposés on a multi billion rand contract for new locomotives at PRASA. After obtaining his BPhil (honours in journalism) he became a general reporter at Beeld. He subsequently did investigative reporting for Rapport before moving to News24 where he still exposes the mechanics of dodgy deals and crooked cronies. Myburgh spent over a year researching and writing the Republic of Gupta.
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