The Economic Freedom Fighters has opened a criminal case against some individuals it identified as “the Gupta Criminal Syndicate” after evidence in the affidavit of the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan showed an illegal transfer of R6.8 billion.
To the EFF, the affidavit substantiated the insinuations by banks that the Gupta family and their businesses are involved in money laundering, racketeering, and gross corruption that is robbing South Africa of billions of Rands.
The party believes that the R6.8 billion illegally and suspiciously transferred is just the tip of an iceberg.
Thus, it opened a criminal case against the Gupta criminal syndicate at the Rosebank Police Station. According to the party, the case “relates to the instances of corruption, theft, fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and various offenses under the Income Tax Act, Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) and the Currency Laws of the Republic of South Africa.”
The Gupta criminal syndicate includes: Atul Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Duduzane Zuma, Chetali Gupta, Verun Gupta, Mosebenzi Zwane, Salim Essa, Nazeem Howa, Oakbay Holdings, Sahara, Tegeta and Mabengela.
EFF said it has been conducting its own investigations on the matter ever and will soon reveal the main culprit and mastermind behind the corruption, money laundering, theft of public funds and fraud.
Also, the Fighters supplied the police with evidence, including the sworn statement of the Minister of Finance as a basis of proof that there is a prima facie case against the Gupta criminal syndicate.
With that, the party urged the Financial Intelligence Centre, the banks that closed the Gupta Bank accounts and the auditing firms that disassociated themselves from the Gupta firms to maximally cooperate with investigations.
Afterward, EFF vowed to everything it can to ensure that the Gupta criminal syndicate is prosecuted according to the Laws governing the Republic of South Africa.
“The SAPS, National Director of Public Prosecutions and the National Prosecutions Authority should act on this matter as the suspects have international links and hold multiple passports. We also fear that due their connection to high office, the suspects will temper with evidence and crucial witnesses,” stated the Fighters.