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The Banking Association South Africa on Tuesday hit out at reports that some of the country’s leading bank executives had been spied upon, saying this practice should be condemned in the strongest terms.

According to weekend media reports based on the ongoing #GuptaLeaks trove of emails, Absa CEO Maria Ramos and her husband‚ former finance minister Trevor Manuel‚ were among the executives kept under surveillance‚ while others included Rand Merchant Bank founders GT Ferreira‚ Paul Harris and Laurie Dippenaar‚ and Investec CEO Stephen Koseff.

Leaked documents reveal that Ashu Chawla‚ a senior Gupta executive‚ was in possession of a spreadsheet documenting the identity numbers and international travel dates of top banking executives.