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Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has pop out guns blazing towards a media record claiming she met with a businessman connected to the Gupta own family in the course of her journey to the Dubai Expo simply lately.

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A close up of Lindiwe Sisulu© Provided with the aid of The South African

Daily Maverick reported that when Sisulu visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on authentic authorities business, she shook palms with several enterprise people, considered one of them being Hamza Farooqui, Salim Essa’s enterprise accomplice. Anyone familiar with Guptagate would realize that Essa has strong ties to the debatable own family, having represented their enterprise hobbies in South Africa. His call has featured quite prominently in the State Capture Commission – he's taken into consideration to have played a central role in how the Guptas unduly were given their grubby palms into the proverbial cookie jar.

Farooqui himself also has commercial enterprise pastimes within the united states and has these days opened inns right here on domestic soil, the publication stated. Sisulu’s workplace has clarified before that Farooqui, together with different distinguished enterprise people, turned into part of meetings in which the minister participated, with the aim to in addition grow UAE-SA members of the family within the tourism quarter.


In a announcement issued on Friday, 28 January 2022, the Tourism Ministry labels the Daily Maverick article as but another form of “desperate prograpaganda at tarnishing her name.”

According to spokesperson Steve Motale, the Sisulu had no say in who she met because it changed into all organised by way of the Expo’s employees. Motale says the record is a smear marketing campaign which gained’t promote and adds that the majority Sisulu met have been brought to her and have been selling South Africa as an ideal tourism destination.

“If one in all all of the human beings Minister Sisulu turned into added to could have been a chum of the Guptas, so what? Clearly some within the media are on a fishing spree for nefarious motives and the pictures they have been the use of as the ones of a Gupta best friend are regrettably of a member of the Royal family and CEO of Emirates airline. This is the same media that after Minister Sisulu desires them on the side of what’s accurate for the us of a, they're nowhere to be determined,”

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Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s spokesperson Steve Motale

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