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Lesotho PM defends Gupta diplomatic passports: Report

By Sapa | Aug 25, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 34 ]

The Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane has defended his decision to issue members of the Gupta family with diplomatic passports and rejected opposition demands to withdraw them, the Star reported on Monday.

He said he appointed the Gupta family to market Lesotho in countries where they have "influence", and to secure investments for the country.

"These people (the Guptas) are good friends of the ANC and we have good relations with the ANC," he told The Star's Foreign Service.

"I was introduced to them by ANC president [Jacob Zuma] and other ANC officials... I then appointed them to help scout for investment in my country. They have influence in a number of countries that can help Lesotho."

They said they would find investors for Lesotho.

Insinuations that he favoured the Guptas in exchange for personal returns were wrong and unacceptable.

"...Check with all the banks the world over... I have not received money from them...

"I am merely using my office to get developments going for my country."

He defended the Guptas as "solid business-people" with a good track record in both business and assisting South Africa's ruling African National Congress.

According to the report, the Guptas also wanted to invest in mining in Lesotho, and Thabane was facilitating this.

The Guptas caused an uproar when a plane, chartered by the family and carrying 270 guests to a wedding at Sun City, landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in April last year.

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maneater

"I was introduced to them by ANC president [Jacob Zuma] and other ANC officials... " ============================================================================================= heee Prime Minister Thomas Thabane you will regret the day you listened to JZ!!

Aug 25, 2014 8:50 | 3 replies

senzangakona

when zuma came to town he came with wrong friends the guptas are a cancer to African people

Aug 25, 2014 9:41 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Guptas , sheik, maharaj , and moodleys

Aug 25, 2014 10:40 | 0 replies
Aug 25, 2014 11:42 | 0 replies

Nkwesheng!!

@maneater bwahahaha.

Aug 25, 2014 1:7 | 0 replies

BOKKER

Bwhahahahahahaha. The Maharaja of Mzania. Its cold Outside the ZANC but its very chilli inside as well.

Aug 25, 2014 8:51 | 0 replies

BOKKER

GUPTA is getting ready to run.

Aug 25, 2014 8:51 | 1 replies

Nkwesheng!!

You are right. They are already planning for life after S.A. and JZ.

Aug 25, 2014 1:17 | 0 replies

MommaC

Gupta is buying up Southern Africa at an alarming rate

Aug 25, 2014 9:3 | 0 replies

RobinX

Monmey is a truly marvellous thing isn't it. Consciences can be bought cheap cheap.

Aug 25, 2014 9:3 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

was introduced to them by ANC president [Jacob Zuma] and other ANC officials... I then appointed them to help scout for investment in my country. They have influence in a number of countries that can help Lesotho." xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx We all know Guptas are running SA Are they going to rule in Lesotho

Aug 25, 2014 9:6 | 1 replies

Nkwesheng!!

They don't run all S.A. They run some Provinces like Free State and some National Gov. Departments.

Aug 25, 2014 1:13 | 0 replies

Mokwepa

which province is Lesotho?

Aug 25, 2014 9:21 | 1 replies

RobinX

Are you serious?

Aug 25, 2014 9:40 | 0 replies

Socrates

Agh shame, only if he knew2 what got himself into. Influential in which country because even India does not take them serious. In SA their powers will wane as soon as the corrupt two header Zuma steps down

Aug 25, 2014 9:40 | 2 replies

OmoT

Like most corrupt politicians, what does he care? He's received a golden handshake (hopefully big enough) for himself and his immediate family. Eff everyone else.

Aug 25, 2014 12:28 | 0 replies

Nkwesheng!!

@Socrates I also say Agh Shame to Lesotho.

Aug 25, 2014 1:16 | 0 replies

s.cold

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST,,,CHA NISEZINTWENI MA GUPTAS

Aug 25, 2014 10:7 | 0 replies

staalin

SA army is such a joke now, so just now with the help of guptas Lesotho takes SA. Then SA will be run by basothos not zulus.

Aug 25, 2014 10:26 | 0 replies

Papage

And you still search for the person who allowed them to land at Waterkloof Air Force? President Zuma is Cancer to South Africa and ANC party, he has brought shame to the Organisation, now he is poisoning Lesoth Ministers, What is the matter with Idians

Aug 25, 2014 10:40 | 1 replies

OmoT

Ja ne. Isnt the WAFB fall-guy now an ambassador in Europe??

Aug 25, 2014 12:29 | 0 replies