Gupta plan to resettle Zuma and his family in Dubai

The City Press has revealed details[1] about emails between the Gupta family and their employees, which it said “has blown the lid off how they have managed to do business with government”. The City Press said the emails included “a draft letter from President Jacob Zuma to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in which he asks for “patronage” in his bid to “make the UAE a second home”. The Sunday Times has also reported[2] on the emails, revealing that the Gupta family has been planning to resettle Zuma and his family in Dubai.

The Sunday Times said the “series of explosive e-mails show the extent of the Saxonwold family’s control over cabinet ministers, and state-owned companies and their CEOs and boards”. The revelations include ministers and CEOs treated to luxury excursions in Dubai, and how the Gupta family handpicked Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. According to the report, Zuma has “denied the claim about setting up residency in Dubai, saying his only home was in Nkandla”.

How South Africa Is Being Stolen

Over the last few years many reports have suggested that the Gupta family has a corrupt relationship with President Zuma and some of his family members.

The latest report, titled “Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa Is Being Stolen[3]” was penned by South African academics, and “connects the dots” using publicly available information. The report shows links between president Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family and their many associates and businesses, revealing the exact structure of state capture in South Africa. This report suggests South Africa has experienced a ‘silent coup’ that has removed the ANC from its place as the primary force for transformation in society.

It aims to change the popular discourse from a focus on corruption to a focus on the systemic nature of ‘state capture’ as the political project of a well-organised network that strives to manage the symbiotic relationship between the constitutional state and a shadow state. The report traces the ANC’s history of transformation, identifies seven broad areas of capture and control and details how the shadow state was built. Notably, the report uses publicly available information, as well as media reports and statements from officials to tie things together – from the appointment of certain ministers and how their decisions and approvals ultimately befitted the Gupta family, to the links various players have to each other.

The conclusion reached is that a ‘shadow state’ has been built in South Africa, where a small network of individuals and companies are receiving the full benefit of procurement deals and contracts with state-owned companies – all with links to the president and the Gupta family’s network.

South Africa on the brink of collapse

A week earlier the South African Council of Churches released[4] its findings on state capture, which painted a bleak picture of Zuma and his allies. The findings showed numerous ways how state resources were looted in South Africa by powerful individuals aligned to Zuma. “South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return – a recipe for a failed state,” the South African Council of Churches said.

The council further warned that the country risks collapsing if the ANC does not act on the “systematic siphoning of state assets pivoted around President Jacob Zuma”.

The full reports, with further revelations of the Gupta email investigation, are available in the 28 May editions of the Sunday Times and City Press.

Now read: Zuma faces new Arms Deal allegations[5]


  1. ^ The City Press has revealed details (
  2. ^ The Sunday Times has also reported (
  3. ^ Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa Is Being Stolen (
  4. ^ South African Council of Churches released (
  5. ^ Zuma faces new Arms Deal allegations (

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