Eskom CEO’s tearful revelation about a Saxonwold Shebeen to explain his presence near the Gupta home set social media alight… this is our top ten!
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report highlighted links between the Guptas and government officials.
Cellphone evidence revealed that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March 2016.
The report further detailed phone calls between Molefe and Ronica Ragavan, a long-time Gupta associate who was recently appointed acting CEO of Oakbay Investments, the family’s main holding company.
Cellphone tracking records Madonsela’s investigators obtained indicated that Molefe was at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound 19 times between August 5 and November 17 2015.
“My cellphone reflects that I was in Saxonwold 14 times, close to the herd of proverbial goats. My cellphone reflects I was in the area,” said Molefe.
“There’s a shebeen there, two streets away from the Gupta(s). I will not admit or deny that I’ve gone to the shebeen,” he said.
The DA’s Mabine Seabe tweeted that the “shebeen” was in fact the nearby Zoo Lake Bowling Club, which closed its doors in 2014. Seabe said he was a regular at the venue and never saw Molefe there.
If there is a shebeen in Saxonwold, it’s not open to the public and is not visible from the street, chairperson of the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association said on Thursday.
As serious as the State Capture report is, South Africans have a way of looking at the funny side of a situation and social media users spent most of last week desperately searching for the #SaxonwoldShebeen.
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) November 4, 2016
— NandosSA (@NandosSA) November 2, 2016
Some people are great actors with a supreme knack for making rectitude look like turpitude and vice versa
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) November 3, 2016
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) November 6, 2016
— Saxonwold Shebeen (@StateShebeen) November 5, 2016
Try the #SaxonwoldShebeen new drink 'the load shedder' – it's a shot in the dark 👍
— Randammitly (@randammitlycool) November 4, 2016
Weekend special at #SaxonwoldShebeen: Crocodile Tears on ice with a dash of Thuli Juice
— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) November 4, 2016
— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) November 4, 2016
Going in search of #SaxonwoldShebeen
— Justice Malala (@justicemalala) November 5, 2016
— Saxonwold Shebeen (@StateShebeen) November 4, 2016
ENCA even went in search of the Saxonwold Shebeen in a hilarious video: