Corruption charges laid against Atul and Ajay Gupta, as well as President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, have been referred to the Hawks, says Opposition Party – The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday.
The corruption charges against the heavily-connected family was laid last week in Cape Town by DA shadow minister of Finance, David Maynier and party leader Mmusi Maimane.
Speaking further, the DA’s finance spokesperson David Maynier said he received a case number from the police and was informed that the matter had been referred to the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks).
He revealed on his twitter page that the case no he received from the SAPS was (CAS 1200/3/2016).
However, immediate efforts to reach the Hawks to confirm Maynier’s statements proved abortive.
Throwing more light on the nature of the corruption charges, Maynier opined: “I have… written to the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, urging him to prepare a sworn statement, in the form of a signed affidavit, setting out all the details concerning the alleged meeting.”
We could recall that deputy finance minister Jonas confessed that the Guptas offered him the post of the finance minister.
Though, Jonas failed to mention if Zuma’s son Duduzan was present when the offer was made but on March 13, Sunday Times reported that Zuma’s son was present at a Sandton hotel when the offer was made.
According to DA’s Maynier, the letter written to deputy finance minister Jonas wants him to identify the people who were present at the alleged meeting; the names of those who allegedly made the offer; the venue, date and time of the alleged meeting; whether the alleged offer was conditional on support for the Nuclear Build Programme and/or purging National Treasury officials; and the name of the business person who allegedly arranged the meeting in his sworn statement.
Maynier revealed that he requested the Deputy Minister to make the affidavit available to the public and to assist the investigation by submitting the affidavit to the South African Police Service.
He expressed worry over the influence of the family. “The allegations made by the Deputy Minister are very serious and amount to prima facie evidence of corruption and should be reported to the South African Police Service, not to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe who is clearly trying to politically manage and contain the political fallout from ‘Zuptagate’,” he said.
Following the volcanic revelations of the ANC top members, many have called for the removal of president Zuma while others called on the ruling party to address the thorny issue.
President Jacob Zuma had reacted to the issue in Parliament by telling those that wanted to know if such claims were true, to ask the Guptas directly.
On the other hand, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday that ANC national executive committee (NEC) has instructed party officials and the national working committee to put together all relevant information that would help in addressing the allegations.