ANC secretary general Ace Magashul traveled twice to the former mayor of Taba Bloemfontein Manyoni meet Atul Gupta in Johannesburg, to make sure that Gupta was able to work with him as soon as he was appointed Prime Minister & # 39; EPAM.
This is stated in the book of journalist Peter Louis Myburgh in Gangster condition: Exposing Web Ace Magashul on Capture.
Maynoni told reporters that Magashule personally picked him up at his home in his official vehicle, a black BMW X5, and then drove him to meet Gupta in connection something & # 39; and Saxonwold in late 2013. If Gupta entered Magashule room said to him, having due to Manyoni: «This is the person you will be working with."
According to Manyoni, the scheme was that Magashule be appointed cabinet of ex-President Jacob Zuma after the 2014 elections and Manyoni would then become prime minister & # 39; Free State of EPAM. Gupta said Manyoni, that the Free State 'with & # 39 is an important partner "in the family business. He also allegedly boasted of influence and power of his family & # 39; and in the ANC and the government.
Myburgh says that as the conversation progressed Gupta became more boastful, saying, "If we call any Cabinet now, he or she will be here in an hour."
All Manyoni had to do "work with them" gangster state says Gupta said.
Gupta, seemingly had his eye on the development of more than R11bn close to the airport, and would strengthen the government to spend on something & # 39; nd the now defunct newspaper, New Age.
The first visit was followed by a second in about a month, with Magashule again driving to visit Manyoni Gupta Saxonwold. According to Manyoni said he was not open to work with Gupta and Magashule abandoned further efforts to assimilate it.
But Magashule Gupta and retained strong ties, not least due to a corrupt project harm dairy farm, which sent millions of taxpayers' rands provincial government in a project that benefits the company Gupta.
One of Magashule children, Tshepiso, has also worked in the company Gupta, while he and his wife lived in the house about a mile from the mansion Gupta Saxonwold. Magashule also used this house to mediate a meeting of one of the Gupta brothers and businessman who has done work for the Free State government.
Magashule declined to comment when asked a set of more than 60 questions for the book. gangster state with & # 39 is the first comprehensive audit of Magashule as one of the most influential figures of the ANCA. Controversial former Free State premier & # 39; er has been accused of various illegal transactions for many years, but has never been charged or convicted of any crime.