Corruption charges against Guptas, Zuma's son referred to Hawks - DA

2016-03-22 13:46
Duduzane Zuma (File, Brendan Croft)

Duduzane Zuma (File, Brendan Croft)

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Johannesburg - Corruption charges laid against Atul and Ajay Gupta, as well as President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane, have been referred to the Hawks, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

The DA's finance spokesperson David Maynier, who laid the charges last week, said he had 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).

The Hawks could not be reached immediately to confirm this.

"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," Maynier said.

Jonas confirmed last week that the Gupta family had offered him the job of finance minister before Nhlanhla Nene was removed from his position last year.

The Sunday Times reported on March 13 that Duduzane Zuma was present at the meeting held at a Sandton hotel.

Jonas did not say whether Duduzane was at the meeting.

Details of meeting wanted

Maynier has asked Jonas, in his sworn statement, 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.

"I have also 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," Maynier said.

"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.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Sunday said the party's national executive committee (NEC) had instructed officials and the national working committee to gather all pertinent information about the allegations.

Revelations by Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor that they had been offered Cabinet positions by the Gupta family saw the public and some party members calling on the NEC to take action.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  hawks  |  gupta family  |  duduzane zuma  |  david maynier  |  corruption  |  politics

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