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South Africa’s unemployment rate continued its climb to the highest levels in over a decade, data from Statistics SA showed. The rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 29.1% during the third quarter of 2019, statistician-general Risenga Maluleke said. “This is the highest since the first quarter of 2008,”…
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture looks into Eskom's sponsoring of TNA breakfast briefings. In 2014, the Mail and Guardian reported that the then Eskom interim CEO Collin Matjila stirred controversy at the power utility over a R43-million contract to sponsor The New Age's (TNA) breakfast briefings. The…
The Sunday World newspaper has rejected Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe denial that he paid bribes to two of its journalists to bury an article about his alleged extramarital affair. However, in a statement Mantashe’s ministry said no bribery occurred. “This past weekend, following a Sunday World report,…
The SABC has reached an agreement with SuperSport that will see them airing the Rugby World Cup final match between the Springboks and England. The match will be broadcast live on Sabc 2 on Saturday at 11am and they will also broadcast the third-place playoff between New Zealand and Wales…
The European Council has agreed to grant Britain a new Brexit delay to January 31 next year. President Donald Tusk said on Twitter "the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit extension. The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure".…
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it would be writing to Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe asking him to reveal the two journalists he allegedly admitted to paying hush money to over a story about an extra-marital affair. In the statement Sanef said brown envelope journalism is completely…
Life Healthcare Group has suspended Professor Peter Beale, a paediatric surgeon accused of negligence. In an internal letter to staff, Life Healthcare Group’s regional manager, Jayesh Parshotam, said the company had “taken the decision to suspend Professor Peter Beale’s administration privileges”. Beale has faced a number of negligence accusations, the…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that former chief whip John Steenhuisen has been elected as the new Parliamentary Leader for the party. DA caucus chairperson Annelie Lotriet said that nominations officially closed Friday night at 20:00,the position was uncontested with only one nomination. "She added that the DA's parliamentary…
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. Senzo was gunned down in Volsoorus, east of Johannesburg, in the presence of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, her mother, Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend, Longwe Twala, his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo…
The City of Johannebsurg said it expects systems to be back online over the weekend following a cyber attack. The City tweeted: "The incident is currently being investigated by City of Joburg cyber security experts, who have taken immediate and appropriate action to reinforce security measures to mitigate any potential…
Thousands of Zimbabweans have rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's call on the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions imposed against him and dozens of other officials over alleged human rights abuses and electoral fraud. Today's rally was part of a government-organised day of action to…
Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt is to remain behind bars after the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board(CSPRB) reviewed and set aside his parole placement. Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the decision was based on the fact that the parole board did not adhere to Section 75(4) of…
In a statement, the City of Johannesburg urged citizens to conserve water by ensuring they don’t leave taps dripping, use watering cans instead of hosepipes, shorten showering time and take shallow baths amongst other tips. Randwater spokesperson Eddie Singo said despite calls for residents to use water sparely, reservoir levels…
In a statement,he EFF expressed disappointment in the resignation of Mmusi Maimane. "As the EFF we worked with him well to unseat the irreparably corrupt ANC following the outcomes of the 2016 Local Government Elections. As leader of a white dominated DA, we could hold his hand in protests that…
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it was disappointed with the ruling in favour of the EFF in the intimidation case it brought against the party and its leader, Julius Malema. The application by Sanef to interdict EFF leader Julius Malema and his followers from intimidating and harassing…
Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed that he has resigned from both parliament and the party, following his announcement that he would be stepping down as DA leader. “I have worked tirelessly to build the project of One SA for All. It’s been my greatest honour to…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) federal executive are expected to hold an urgent meeting today following its leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation from his position in the South Africa's main opposition party. Maimane announced his decision to resign on Wednesday afternoon ending months of speculation on whether he was going to be…
Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a major summit aimed at reviving Russia’s influence in Africa,telling leaders from the continent he would seek to double trade in the coming years. All 54 African states were represented at the first Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, with Putin set…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to address the media this afternoon at 15:00. The press briefing will take place at the party's Nkululeko House headquarters in Johannesburg. Maimane ascended to the position of Federal leader in May 2015, when he defeated Wilmot James at the party's…
The voters in Botswana head to the polls today for crucial general elections in one of Africa’s most stable democracies. Over 900,000 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots across the country to elect members of the national assembly. The government has declared October 23 – 25 as public…
Eskom was handed an additional R59 billion lifeline by parliament, prompting criticism from opposition parties who described it as a “blank cheque”. The special bill passed by parliament to grant the funding was first proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in July as Eskom struggled to service its ballooning debt…
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Parliament’s backing for the substance of his Brexit deal but lost a key vote on its timing, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading his country out of the European Union but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled…
The Constitutional Court has delivered a unanimous judgment declaring a section of the Apartheid-Era Intimidation Act unconstitutional. In 2012, general Alfred Moyo, an activist from Makause informal settlement, in Germiston was arrested and charged with intimidation under Section 1(1)b of the act. It's alleged Moyo planned a march against police…
South African Airways (SAA) has revealed that it “may operate an amended flight schedule” following a decision to recall some of its aircraft to undertake compliance verification in line with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) requirements. The decision to recall the aircraft follows an oversight inspection conducted by…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he is giving up his effort to form a new government after failing to form a coalition following an inconclusive parliamentary election last month. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party and faces potential indictment in three corruption cases, had hoped to establish…
Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has retained power but as a minority government, according to projections by Canada's national broadcaster, CBC. Despite some early losses in Canada's eastern provinces, the Liberals are expected to claim the most seats in parliament, giving them a second term. This federal election was seen as…
UK journalist Mehdi Hasan grilled former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on whether, in the 25 years since apartheid, her party has betrayed Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the dreams of South Africa’s rainbow nation. Mbete said: “People have done wrong things, but that doesn’t mean it’s all lost, [or] it’s…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will hold an urgent federal committee meeting to discuss operations in the City of Johannesburg following the resignation of Mayor Herman Mashaba. He is expected to vacate office on the 27th of November 2019. Mashaba resigned this morning following the appointment of former DA and Western…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has weighed in the current energy crisis in the country. In his weekly newsletter, He said the cost to our economy of power outages is significant. It contributes to investor unease at a time when we are trying to attract more domestic and foreign capital to South…
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is expected to announce his resignation. It follows the Democratic Alliance's Federal Council meeting over the weekend where Helen Zille was elected chairperson. Courtesy of ENCA.
Eskom said no load shedding is expected today and the probability of load shedding remains low for the rest of the week. The system’s improvement was largely as a result of several units being returned to service from planned and unplanned maintenance, and achieving a healthy water level at pumped…
Helen Zille was elected chairperson of the federal council narrowly beating Athol Trollip. Her election comes despite reservations by Mmusi Maimane and his supporters about her return to politics. Maimane and Zille’s relationship has soured since she tweeted about colonialism, and her election could weaken his grip on the party’s…
Uk Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent a series of letters to the EU after he was forced by MPs to seek a further Brexit extension. The prime minister sent two letters to European Council president Donald Tusk – an unsigned message relaying parliament’s request for an extension to Brexit…
The United Kingdom's parliament has approved a proposal forcing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a three-month Brexit extension from the European Union. MPs on Saturday voted 322 to 306 in favour of the amendment, which was brought forward by former Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and backed by a…
Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back his Brexit deal, insisting the deal has come to heal the rift in British politics over the UK's withdrawal from the EU. As Parliament sat for the first time on a Saturday in 37 years, the Prime Minister said the agreement he struck…
The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Federal Council meeting taking place over the weekend will be crucial in mapping the way forward for a party at a crossroads. The election is expected to be a two-horse race between former party leader Helen Zille and Athol Trollip, with Mike Waters and Thomas Walters…
Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented tomorrow as the power system remains "volatile". Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae has confirmed load shedding and urged people to take precautions. “We will continue to double our efforts in terms of working around the clock to ensure that going forward that we don’t…
Axed deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba’s application to be reinstated has been dismissed with costs in the Western Cape High Court. Jiba asked the court to order President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi to reinstate her to the deputy national…
Cabinet has approved the Integrated Resource Plan on Thursday and It comes at a time when the country is grappling with rotational load-shedding. Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has told a media briefing this morning that South Africa is not planning large nuclear units, but smaller, modular nuclear plants.…
Eskom will now be implementing stage 2 load shedding instead of the previously announced stage 1. The power utility said it has lost its Medupi 3, 4 and 5 power stations due to coal and handling issues further creating an additional shortage 1.500 MW generation capacity. Lat night Eskom announced…
Parliament has unanimously resolved to dismiss secretary to parliament Gengezi Mgidlana with immediate effect. Earlier the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) voted unanimously to dismiss Mgidlana, who has been on special leave since June 2017. All nine provinces supported the motion. He was suspended with full pay in 2017 following…
Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, said Washington and Ankara have agreed to a ceasefire in northeast Syria, where Turkey launched an offensive last week to push back Kurdish fighters from the border region. The announcement came after talks between Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…
Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza said that Eskom would implement stage one load shedding tomorrow and did not foresee the need for further power cuts thereafter. He was briefing the media on the state of the power utility after it implemented load shedding on Wednesday due to faulty generating units.…
The former president Jacob Zuma will not appear at the State Capture Commission as previously scheduled. He was expected to make his second appearance at the inquiry on Monday October 21, following his first appearance in July. Chairperson for the commission deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo made the announcement and…
Nicholas Ninow has been sentenced to life imprisonment for rape. Judge Mokhine Mosopa summarised the pre-sentencing evidence and said the fact that Ninow chose a child as his victim, is a case for concern. "The accused is a young person. At the time [of the rape] the accused had a…
After months of negotiations, the UK and EU agreed a new withdrawal deal, according to statement from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. A major sticking point to the plan had been the question of the Irish border. According to Juncker, the withdrawal agreement "focused…
Nelson Mandela Bay Speaker Buyelwa Mafaya has cancelled the council meeting where mayor Mongameli Bobani was due to face a motion of no confidence. Mafaya sent a notice out to all councillors early this morning. “Please be advised that both the special and the ordinary council meetings planned for Thursday…
Eskom said it would be implementing stage two load shedding tomorrow from 9am to 11pm. The power utility has blamed the load shedding on five power-generating units that were not in use due to boiler tube leaks. Since Saturday, Eskom has been relying on open cycle gas turbines to make…
The 17th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered at the University of Johannesburg on Saturday 23 November 2019 by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. The theme which the Chief Justice will speak to is constitutionalism as an instrument of transformation. The Foundation is mindful of the fact that constitutionalism can…
The convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow has told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria he has been using drugs since he was arrested at the Kgosi-Mampuru II Correctional facility. He took to the stand as his sentencing proceedings began to once again implore on the courts leniency for the rape of the…
Eskom this morning announced stage 2 load-shedding. The energy utility said the load-shedding - scheduled between 9am and 11pm - was due to a shortage of capacity. Eskom is expected to release more information later. #PowerAlert Due to a shortage of capacity stage 2 loadshedding is to be implemented from…
Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has performed well during the last financial year. The corporation said its assets under management increased by R47 billion when compared to last year. PIC interim board chairperson Reuel Khoza said that the corporation's performance was "sound and credible" despite governance challenges. And as the single…
Vote counting has begun in Mozambique after key parliamentary, presidential and provincial elections that President Filipe Nyusi said should help anchor peace in the southern African nation. Acceptance of the results of the elections will be seen as a key test of a peace deal signed in August between the…
The national director of public prosecutions told parliament that the conviction rate in courts is shockingly low compared with the number of reported criminal cases. Batohi took up her post in February, replacing former NDPP Shaun Abrahams, and she briefed the justice and correctional services portfolio committee on the NPA’s…
The firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out at a MultiChoice building in Randburg. Joe Heshu, head of corporate affairs at MultiChoice, said the fire was caused as a result of waterproofing that was happening on the roof. "Subsequently, the building was evacuated and we can confirm that no…
The legal team of former president Jacob Zuma have informally indicated to the State it would appeal Friday's ruling that his corruption case must go ahead. Shortly after arriving at the court this morning for the trial which was set for three days, his attorney, Advocate Dan Mantsha, accompanied by…
US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara's military operation in northeast Syria, and called for an immediate ceasefire. Turkey launched the cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters last Wednesday after Trump withdrew some US troops from the region, drawing sharp criticism from fellow Republicans who accused him of…
Image: @RonaldLamola. The department of Justice is petitioning President Cyril Ramaphosa to give Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe a presidential pardon. He has been denied leave to appeal his conviction and sentence and he's also been denied bail. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said on Twitter that his department is…
The Independent law professor Kais Saied has won Tunisia's presidential election with 72.71 percent of votes, the country's electoral commission has confirmed. Saied secured 2.7 million votes against one million received by his opponent, Nabil Karoui, in runoff vote, the commission said. Karoui, a business tycoon who was in jail…
Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 tickets are going on sale across Ticketpro retail outlets from today. Tickets will cost from R60 each with more information available on www.mslt20.co.za and on the Ticketpro website (www.ticketpro.co.za) for their different regional outlets across South Africa. There will be free entry for children under…
The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane support the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF), arguing that a 2014 classified report, which found the so-called SARS “rogue unit” was unlawful, should be made public. EFF is opposing a bid by State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to stop the classified report, compiled by the Inspector General…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the Financial Times Africa Summit in London that South Africa is working to restore its institutions and to secure the private investment to grow the economy. Ramaphosa said they were open to outside investment in the state owned South African Airways(SAA). We are on record…
The trial of the men accused of killing former ANC youth league secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa has been postponed to April 14 in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The matter was heard in the High Court in Scottsburgh, where Sibusiso Ncengwa, Sbonelo Myeza, Mbulelo Mpofana, and Mlungisi Ncalane appeared before the judge.…
Image:AP. President Emmanuel Macron said he has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump in telephone calls that Ankara must cease its attacks immediately. He was holding an emergency security meeting last night to discuss the Turkish invasion, and said he's working with Germany on unspecified…
Heavy fighting continues as Turkey presses ahead with its military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast, Syria,now in its fifth day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can…
A "fraudulent" application for a home loan with VBS Mutual Bank has cast light on what appears to be a slush fund to channel funds to EFF or its leader Julius Malema. Sunday Times reported that an investigation of fraud at VBS led to the discovery of an alleged fraudulent…
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) have announced that they have reached a four (4) year agreement on the broadcast rights of SAFA matches and events. The agreement will annually cover: 6 Bafana Bafana matches (3 home AFCON qualifiers; 2 international friendlies and…
Tshepo Mphehlo has been laid to rest after being stabbed to death at school. He was stabbed at Thuto Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng near Vanderbijlpark. The grade nine learner was killed with a pair of scissors during school hours. According to his teacher, the incident was a mistake and…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is taking legal action against a woman he alleges is attempting to extort money from him. News24 reports that it has in its possession,letters by Mboweni's lawyer,Jerome Levitz, that a woman has threatened to divulge WhatsApp and voice-recorded conversations between her and Mboweni. Allegedly the woman…
Typhoon Hagibis the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, has begun reaping devastation along the Pacific coast of the country’s main island, with residents in the most vulnerable areas taking shelter in evacuation centres amid rising flood levels and violent winds which have left one man dead. As of …
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reshuffled his cabinet and drop one male as per the ANC NEC resolutions. The ANC resolved that where the Premier is male, 60 percent of the executive council had to be female. He has appointed Ms Morokane Mosupyoe as the new MEC for Economic Development…
The court has ruled that former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede did not intentionally violate her bail conditions. She appeared at the Durban Magistrate’s Court. Gumede is out on R50,000 bail for her alleged involvement in a multi-million rand waste tender. Yesterday the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the Hawks seized…
The Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court has denied Tharina Human and Pieter van Zyl bail and granted Laetitia Nel bail of R25,000. The trio are accused of kidnapping Amy Leign De Jager at Laerskool Kollegepark, in September 2. The third accused Laetitia Nel,must report every Wednesday to Vanderbijlpark police station and to…
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, the awards committee announced in Norway. He was recognised for starting peace talks with Eritrea and establishing a peace agreement to end the long stalemate between the two countries. "When Abiy Ahmed reached out his hand, President Isaias…
Image: Business Day. Judge Nkola Motata will pay a fine of R1,152,650 that is equivalent of 12 months of his current salary, which shall be payable in full over a period of not more than 24 months from the date of the ruling,the commission announced. The JSC said the fine…
The Pietermaritzburg High Court has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of prosecution with costs. He faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the multi-billion-rand Arms Deal. The charges against Zuma date back to 2005 and including 783 payments, totalling just over 4m…
Image:Matt Chase. The US Treasury has imposed sanctions against the Gupta family and an associate over alleged corruption in South Africa. The sanctions were targeted at brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, and businessman Salim Essa. They are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma,to profit financially…
The Hawks and Asset Forfeiture Unit raided former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede's home. Watch: Hawks raid the properties of former eThekwini mayor: Courtesy of MLive. The raid relates to corruption charges Gumede is facing regarding a R208m Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender and AFU said it was raiding more than…
Stellenbosch University's adoption of its 2016 language policy was justified after the constitutional court handed judgement in their favour. The university senate approved the policy on June 9, 2016, with 113 votes for the policy, and 10 against. In a statement, the university stated: "The policy explicitly made provision for…
The Hawks and Asset Forfeiture Unit(AFU) are currently raiding three Durban properties, including the one linked to former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. It is believed that the accused owns the property that are proceeds of crime in relation to Gumede's multimillion-rand fraud and corruption case. She is facing fraud and…
US President Donald Trump said he would devastate Turkey's economy if Ankara's operation in northeast Syria wipes out the Kurdish population there. Earlier on Wednesday, Turkey launched a long-threatened military operation in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a "safe zone" to resettle millions…
The state capture commission of inquiry has asked former president Jacob Zuma to give evidence two more times before the end of this year. This was revealed in email correspondence, dated July 30, 2019, that was made public this evening by the commission. The commission's head of the legal team…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the paper setting out the roadmap for Eskom's future would be tabled before Cabinet soon. He made the announcement while speaking at the start of the first meeting of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council at Tuynhuys, in Cape Town. [PICTURES]: President @CyrilRamaphosa chairs the inaugural meeting…
Kevin Wakeford's cross-examination of former Bosasa officials Angelo Agrizzi and Frans Vorster at the state capture inquiry has been postponed. The postponement relates to information contained in files held by curators of the controversial facilities management company which has not been made available to the commission to date. Deputy chief…
The White House has officially refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. A letter sent to Democratic leaders rejected it as "baseless" and "constitutionally invalid". Three Democratic-led House committees are investigating Trump. The inquiry is trying to find out if the president held back aid to…
Gauteng Police’s Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said that one suspect was fatally shot near New Canada, Soweto following a shoot–out with the police. He said police were alerted of a robbery at an electronics store at Cresta Mall in the West Rand. “It was reported that a group of men entered…
Old Mutual has filed papers in response to the action taken by axed CEO Peter Moyo. The insurer axed Moyo twice in June and August, saying that it had become clear that a continued employment relationship was untenable and citing a breakdown in confidence for its termination of his contract.…
The former public protector Thuli Madonsela has accused Duduzane Zuma of lying to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and trying to divert attention from the allegations levelled against him. Yesterday he claimed he was never given an opportunity to respond to the allegations made against him by former…
Athol Trollip, is confident of beating former party leader Helen Zille in the election of a new federal council chairperson of the country's official opposition party. Zille shocked party structures last week when she announced, just before the deadline for nominations, that she will be standing for the post that…
US President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy if Ankara took any action he considered "off-limits" following his decision to withdraw US forces from northeastern Syria. "As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my…
Image:Twitter @HelenZille. Democratic Alliance(DA) has confirmed that Hellen Zille was eligible to stand for the position of chairperson of federal council. Desiree Van Der Walt,the presiding officer of federal council elections said in a statement that all canditates vying for the post have been fully vetted and meet the criteria…
Former SAA Chair,Dudu Myeni failed to show up in court for a case seeking to have her declared a delinquent director. According to Outa, Myeni called their legal team this morning to say she could not afford to travel to Pretoria for the court case. Judge Ronel Tolmay postponed the…
A learner has been stabbed to death in a classroom at Thuto Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng. It is understood that the learner was stabbed by a schoolmate with a pair of scissors and the Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi was on his way to the school. A learner…
Polls have closed in Tunisia where nearly seven million people were eligible to vote in the country's parliamentary election. Voting began on Sunday at 8am local time in the presence of local and international observers, including regional experts and diplomats. This is the second such vote since the 2014 adoption…
The State Capture Commission announced that they would be hearing testimony tomorrow from Duduzane Zuma, the commission's spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Sunday. He was implicated by numerous witnesses since the start of the commission, primarily due to his business relationship with the controversial Gupta family,and his testimony is…
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