Atul Gupta met Thabo Mbeki in India in 2003, Zondo commission hears

10 February 2021 - 11:00
Atul Gupta met with former president Thabo Mbeki in India in 2003, the Zondo commission was told on Wednesday. File photo.
Atul Gupta met with former president Thabo Mbeki in India in 2003, the Zondo commission was told on Wednesday. File photo.
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Long-time Eskom employee and former Eskom board member Pat Naidoo says a South African delegation on a state visit in India met with Atul Gupta in 2003.

The delegation was led by then president Thabo Mbeki in his maiden state visit to India as head of state.

According to Naidoo, who was at the time an Eskom staff member, Gupta was introduced as an investor into the country in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

“In 2003 I was a member of the Eskom delegation that accompanied then state president Thabo Mbeki on his inaugural state visit to India,” said Naidoo.

“In India, we met Mr Atul Gupta who introduced himself to us as an investor in SA. He was coming to invest in ICT and at that stage he had launched Sahara Computers.

“When we returned to SA, he had personally scheduled a visit to his factory in Midrand and we attended that visit.”

Naidoo, who worked for Eskom from 1988 until 2010, is testifying at the Zondo commission hearings.

His testimony continues.  

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