Since 2015, Gupta affiliates have been planning to capture local government through their close relationship with Minister Des van Rooyen.

This is according to a statement by former Trillian Management Consulting (TMC) chief executive Bianca Goodson, who details how her bosses and Van Rooyen’s adviser, Mohammed Bobat, planned to capture state-owned entities and the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

[Mahommed Bobat was the go-between, says Trillian’s former chief executive. (Photo: Alaister Russell/ Gallo Images/Sowetan)]

Goodson, who lasted three months in the position, had prepared her statement for the public enterprises portfolio committee that was meant to look into allegations of state capture.