Yes, the Guptas and Zuma have been linked to another R51 billion milking in the State Capture corruption saga. And, the DA is set to request a parliamentary inquiry into the new revelation.
As alleged, the Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma unduly interfered with a R51 billion tender for the purchase of 20 new locomotives by the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
Commenting on this, the shadow Minister of Transport Manny de Freitas remarked that the revelation is the latest reported case of allegations about “the troublesome Gupta family and Mr Zuma” attempting to rig the tender process so that they may pilfer the state.
De Freitas said DA will be requesting a parliamentary inquiry into the R51 billion tender to ensure that Prasa is not being used as a “personal bank by the Guptas and those close to President Zuma.”
“The DA” he said, “needs Parliament to satisfy itself that the recent operational difficulties at Prasa that saw Metrorail stagnate have not been the result of the financial malfeasance caused by former CEO, Lucky Montana, and the doors he opened for political allies using state funds.
Parliament has a duty to act in terms of section 55(2) of the Constitution to investigate this latest allegation of state capture and grand financial mismanagement at the rail agency.
…(It) must use its power to summon the Gupta brothers and Duduzane Zuma before it to account for this highly irregular conduct for which they stand accused,” De Freitas charged.
He added that Parliament is duty-bound to refer the Gupta brothers and Duduzane Zuma for criminal prosecution if it discover irregularities in the R51 billion tender.
“Corruption must be investigated and addressed in order for the South African public to receive the basic services they pay for. We will be ensuring that Parliament applies its powers accordingly to address the mismanagement of Prasa.
This is a matter of national importance that affects the well-being of all South Africans who depend on public transport,” asserted De Freitas.
Meanwhile, circulating reports have it that former CEO, Lucky Montana ordered his IT specialist to wipe clean a laptop allegedly containing sensitive documents related to the corrupt practices in Prasa after he was dismissed.