The SA Hawks have denied having the Gupta family alongside three ministers investigated on corruption charges placed against them by the Democratic Alliance (DA)
According to a statement released by the unit on Tuesday, the Hawks regarded as baseless, the corruption charges that have been tabled against three senior Cabinet ministers and the Gupta family over South Africa’s long-running “state capture”
In March, the Democratic Alliance requested the Hawks to investigate the Gupta family for allegedly meddling in South African state affairs after its leader, Mmusi Maimane, had laid criminal charges against the family in Cape Town.
However, viewing from the statement released by Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza, distanced the unit from these “baseless reports”.
“Lieutenant General Ntlemeza wishes to categorically distance the DPCI from these baseless and malicious reports, which are designed and clearly aimed at casting denunciations on the three ministers – Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula,” Mulaudzi said.
This report came after former ANC Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor filed corruption-related charges, just three weeks after the ANC closed its investigation into the Gupta family’s influence on the state.
It was reported that Mentor, who snubbed the ANC investigation, joined the chorus of people calling the probe led by ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, “a whitewash and a waste of time
There has been huge speculations that the Gupta family plans to gain political control of the country through close ties with the country’s top officials particularly the president and his family.
“For the record‚ the (Hawks) did receive an affidavit from Ms Vytjie Mentor which was handed over to the Hawks by the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner’s office for further processing” Mulaudzi said, confirming that the DPCI had received an affidavit from Mentor which was handed over to the Hawks by the Western Cape provincial commissioner’s office for further processing.
“The content thereof‚ which cannot be revealed since it is now subject to an enquiry‚ is being probed by the (Hawks) Anti-Corruption Unit. In the said statement though‚ there is no mention of the three Ministers,” he added.
The controversial Gupta family are said to have returned to South Africa after an extended time away from the country – and their relationship with President Jacob Zuma continues, though it’s been strained.