South Africa: Vrede Dairy Farm - Witness Testifies About Saxonwold Visits and R54 Million 'Owed' to the Guptas By Free State Government


Elizabeth Rockman, former director-general in the Free State Premier's office and later finance MEC, detailed to the Zondo commission of inquiry into State Capture on Wednesday 16 October how she received a directive from then-Premier Ace Magashule, to meet with Gupta associates to discuss a subscription agreement with the now discontinued Gupta-owned newspaper The New Age.

Meetings with Guptas and Co

In August 2011, Elizabeth "Elzabe" Rockman received a phone call from the then Free State Premier Ace Magashule informing her that she should meet Gupta associates.

Evidence leader at the commission, advocate Leah Gcabashe, questioned Rockman about her meetings with one of the Gupta brothers, Rajesh -- better known as "Tony".

"I was on the way to an Exco meeting in Bethlehem. I was informed that I was to meet with people from The New Age. I was called by the premier to say they were at the meeting and they wanted to meet before the Exco started," Rockman said.

Rockman seemed to have met the Gupta family in both her tenure as DG of the premier's office and as finance MEC.

The meeting was set to be held before the Executive Council convened on that same day, but...

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