Leaked Gupta Emails: An inquiry on the leaking of thousands of emails between members of the Gupta family and their associates has been instituted by acting Hawks head Lt-Gen Yolisa Matakata.
The elite unit is said to be probing at least four cases in which the family allegedly moved billions of rand out of South Africa.
This development was also confirmed by Hawks spokesman Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi when he was approached by reporters.
Companies owned by the Gupta brothers are also in the sights of the investigators – about 72 transactions by the companies, amounting to more than R6 billion are being invested.
The Hawks is also investigating an R600 million bribe that the Gupta family allegedly offered to dismissed Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas to replace former finance minister Nene.
Also, BuzzSouthAfrica understands that all investigative documents detailing the alleged state capture have been removed from different police stations around the country. They are current at the Hawks head office in Pretoria.
Earlier today, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) demanded clarity on the investigation.
“We need the Hawks to act and they should be investigating these things and they should be verifying some of the information that is in the e-mails, saying well if this is true then this constitutes a criminal offense and therefore we have to take it further,” said Casac’s Lawson Naidoo.
Quick Facts You Need To Know
- The inquiry was launched last week.
- Documents from the elite unit shows that the Hawks are also investigating former Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) Brian Molefe, and President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma.
- Dududzane is heavily implicated in the mess and at least 10 ministers have so far been implicated.
- The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) wrote to Hawks’ Matakata on Monday, asking for an update on the matter.
- The charges being investigated do not relate to Madonsela’s report, but from charges laid by furious politicians, including EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, the DA’s Natasha Mazzone and David Maynier, the Congress of the People’s Dennis Bloem, and Vytjie Mentor.