The leader of South African main opposition party Mr. Mmusi Maimane has filed a new criminal complaint against President Jacob Zuma.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday outside the Rosebank police station in Johannesburg, Mmusi said the charges is tied to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State of Capture’ report.
He emphasized that Madonsela’s observation about Zuma’s unhealthy relationship with the Gupta brothers was the prime mover of the newly-laid complaint.
“We laid the original complaint to the Public Protector on the basis of a report by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and (former African National Congress MP Vytjie) Mentor.
We contend that the ‘State of Capture’ report… provides extensive prima facie evidence of corruption‚ undue influence and interference by President Zuma‚ members of the Gupta family and other actors – all to further their own personal interests at the expense of the South African people,” Mr. Mmusi Maimane affirmed.
He also urged the police to promptly launch an investigation into the complaint, adding that the DA will make sure Zuma, and all those who aid and abet him, are held accountable for their flagrant abuse of power to make themselves rich – at the expense of the poor and the jobless.
DA leader M. Maimane upheld that the affidavit filed with the police set out these potential offenses: contempt, conspiracy and inducement of another person to contravene the POCA Act; general corruption; corrupt activities relating to contracts; and a failure to discharge the legal duty to report corruption transactions.
With this development, the DA is now the first political party – out of many political parties that intervened in the release of the state capture – to lay charges against Zuma for Guptas’ influence-peddling in his government.
On November 2, South Africa’s anti-graft agency, the office of the Public Protector released a carefully worded report about Zuma’s scandal-plagued presidency.
Although the 74-year-old leader keeps denying the allegations, they have equipped opposition groups the more towards unseating the embattled president.