Some of the questions that the EFF had wanted answered by Nene included whether he met with any of the Gupta family members during his term as deputy finance minister and whether he had discussed Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funding with the Gupta family. The EFF also wanted to find out whether Nene had ever instructed the PIC to award a contract to the Guptas.
The EFF claimed to have requested that Nene’s office forward the response to their questions on Wednesday following his testimony‚ but claim they were told that “the Minister is still considering our request”.
TimesLIVE reported on Wednesday that Nene‚ testifying before the commission‚ said he was not requested to do anything to benefit the Guptas‚ nor was he offered any inducement by the family.
He admitted to meeting members of the Gupta family on several occasions‚ including going to their house in Saxonwold and their offices in Midrand.
“Whilst Deputy Minister‚ I visited their home in Saxonwold on four occasions‚ always taken by my protectors. I regarded the visits as one of my tasks as deputy minister to engage with different stakeholders in the economy. The visits were short‚ and initially was to discuss the economy‚ and to contribute an article to their magazine at the time ‘The Thinker‚'” Nene said.