A selection of leaked emails from the hundreds of thousands that make up the so-called “Gupta Leaks” has been made available to the public by the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF).
The PPLAAF said that the selection has been published following testimony of whistleblowers represented by the group in South Africa’s parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, and at the request of acting chair Zukiswa Rantho.
“The information (curated to show interactions) will be publicly accessible for a period of ten days only, to assist with the completion of the inquiry,” the group said. “It is a sample from hundreds of thousands of emails, documents and invoices related to the Gupta Leaks.”
The PPLAAF, in partnership with South African media amaBhungane and Daily Maverick, said it has opted to provide access to the information via a single portal – an ‘Investigative Dashboard’, that will soon be available to global media via the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) with the support of Finance Uncovered.
For now, you can access the curated documents on the PPLAAF’s website.
The Gupta Leaks are central to ongoing investigations looking at the links between the controversial Gupta family and many state owned companies and standing politicians.
They detail how the Guptas used political influence to secure government contracts, and how many political events (cabinet reshuffles, appointments and investigations) may have had a Gupta hand in them.
Following the leaks, many companies have been implicated and faced massive public backlash. These include now defunct PR firm Bell Pottinger; KPMG; McKinsey and Company; and many other Gupta-linked firms.
The parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises is currently probing Eskom, and investigating to what extent the Guptas have influences the power utility.