Pravin Gordhan details his encounters with the Gupta family

He told the commission about another occasion that some people might perceive to be a meeting with the Guptas.

“I have had meetings with Mr Ambani, as a businessperson and billionaire from India who runs a communications company called Reliance Communications.”

Gordhan said he was later informed by his former chief of staff, Dondo Mokojane, that a Gupta family member was present at one of these meetings.

“I had forgotten of another instance where one of the Gupta brothers may have been present at a meeting I had with billionaire Indian businessman Anil Ambani of the Reliance Group of companies in or about June 2010.”

He continued: “I stress that I do not recall the details set out below since it proved to be a meeting of little significance at the time.”

Evidence leader, Advocate Paul Pretorius, then asked whether Gordhan actually had no recollection of the encounter, or whether it was possible that he may have misled parliament. 

“I would not lie to parliament,” Gordhan insisted.

Gordhan is expected to finalise his testimony on Wednesday.

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