DA to lay criminal charges against, well, everyone

2016-11-03 15:27
Mmusi Maimane. (File)

Mmusi Maimane. (File)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance will be laying criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane as well as submit a report to the Hawks on the Guptas and Duduzane Zuma.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday said the public protector’s report into State Capture confirmed that the country was governed by a mafia that stole from the poor.

“This should leave every South African incensed with anger. I am angry,” he said.

READ: #StateCaptureReport: Key players, violations and what's next

Maimane said the only thing Zuma should have done on Wednesday, was to resign following the release of the report.

The report into allegations of state capture was released on Wednesday afternoon following a court order.

In the report, former public protector Thuli Madonsela expressed concern that the report expressed concerns about the Gupta family’s involvement in the removal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

‘Squeeza and makhwapheni’

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The report has instructed President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

The DA on Wednesday said they would lay criminal charges against Zuma in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004.

The act only required evidence of suspicion for charges to be laid, Maimane said.

It would be the police’s responsibility to investigate the allegations.

“These charges would also include evidence from the report that President Jacob Zuma improperly influenced the appointment and awarding of contracts to family members, friends and associates,” the DA said.

The party also called for the resignation of Ministers Lynne Brown and Minister Zwane as well as for Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to step down immediately.

On Brown and Molefe, they would lay criminal charges in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and the Prevention and combatting of corrupt act against accounting authorities.

Maimane said Molefe had a lot to answer for, referring to him as a Gupta “squeeza and makhwapheni”, meaning he was a “side piece”.

They would also lay charges against Zwane following “prima facie evidence that he used his official position to influence a contract”.

The party has already laid criminal charges against the Guptas, and Zuma’s son Duduzane.

“We will submit this report to the Hawks to supplement their current investigation. This report details significant prima facie evidence of high level corruption by both,” Maimane said.

The party called for Parliament to establish an ad hoc committee to deal with Madonsela’s report.

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