South Africa’s most influential family, the Guptas are roped in yet another alleged state capture.
The SA Communist Party youth wing (YCL) has come to say that the family plans to capture the state-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and SARS.
Young Communist League (YCL) secretary Mluleki Dlelanga said this on Sunday while addressing the media following the league’s two-day meeting. He said the family aims at redirecting the massive amount of state pension into investments that will benefit their own entities.
He also claimed that the family plans to capture the South African Revenue Service (SARS) so they could protect the illicit flow of their ill-gotten profits.
“This is the basis of a politically motivated war against comrade Pravin Gordhan who stands in the way of Gupta capture of the National Treasury.”
Dlelanga, therefore, called for an urgent protection of the state Treasury from what he called a corporate capture by the Gupta family, who want to continue with illicit money flows to their offshore companies.
Speaking further on its alleged state capture, YCL’s Dlelanga said they were concerned that Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe whom they described as he “golden boy” of the Guptas hasn’t yet been investigated for his deals at Transnet.
“Brian Molefe was the CEO of Transnet at the time that approximately R150 million worth of contracts were awarded to a company linked to the Gupta family,” he said.
“The YCL calls on the newly appointed public protector to investigate Brian Molefe for the awarding of almost R150 million worth of contracts to the Trillian Group while serving as the CEO of Transnet.”
The league further called on President Jacob Zuma to dismiss Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, following his utterances in contradiction of government positions.
Dlelanga also said the 230 000 member of the ANC’s leftist ally, SACP must contest the general election in 2019 alone.
“The SACP has a revolutionary responsibility to play a vanguard role in defence of the working class and the advancement of the class struggle for socialism in our lifetime,” he said.
“The YCL will be tabling a special resolution at the 14th congress of the SACP in July next year that the SACP should register as an independent political party in the 2019 national elections.”
Meanwhile, report has it that the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would be pushing ahead with her probe into President Jacob Zuma following a request to the Cabinet last week that certain financial information be handed over.
She aims to complete her probe into the president, for allegedly allowing the Gupta family to influence his appointment of Cabinet ministers and heads of state-owned entities, by the end of her term next month.
Madonsela is also said to have written to Zuma, informing him of her probe for allegedly breaching the executive code of conduct for the third time.