In the interview‚ Hogan also described a state visit to India in 2010‚ when she noticed that members of the Gupta family had allegedly “taken over control of the proceedings and were appearing to be directing the programme”.
During the visit‚ she said the chief executive officer of Jet Airways wanted to meet with her on several occasions. It was the same Indian airline which chartered an aircraft to the Guptas to carry members of their family to a Sun City wedding in 2013.
It is believed the Guptas lobbied government officials to drop SAA’s profitable flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai in favour of Jet Airways.
The allegations were corroborated in the testimony of former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor‚ who told the commission last month that she was offered Hogan’s job in 2010 in exchange for doing the Guptas’ bidding‚ which included cancelling the same flight routes.
Mentor turned down the offer and Hogan was axed by Zuma soon afterwards. She was replaced with Malusi Gigaba‚ who is now home affairs minister.
Hogan’s relationship with Zuma has since soured‚ and she has emerged as one of the voices advocating against state capture and corruption.
Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to testify on Friday.