I look forward to Gupta report - Maimane

2016-09-15 18:04
Ajay and Atul Gupta. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

Ajay and Atul Gupta. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

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Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday welcomed outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s announcement that a report on the Guptas would be ready before her term ends.

“The project of state capture must be something that is dealt with. Let there be a debate in Parliament,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

“I look forward to that report on that basis. We will take action. We are convinced that several state-owned enterprises are captured.”

The role of the Guptas in the government’s business went further than what met the eye, he said.

“Even if they are thousands of kilometers away, they still got number one's number.”

He was referring to the family’s relations with President Jacob Zuma.

“That fight is going to continue. I welcome that Madonsela is going to expedite the report.”

On Wednesday, Madonsela told journalists that while she could not guarantee a comprehensive report, she would have it available before she left office in October. 

Earlier this year, the Catholic Dominican Order asked Madonsela to investigate whether the Guptas had offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former MP Vytjie Mentor Cabinet positions; whether the family knew of David van Rooyen’s appointment as finance minister before it was made public; and whether two senior advisers with links to the Guptas were appointed to the National Treasury alongside Van Rooyen, without procedure having been followed.

They asked Madonsela to determine if there had been any corruption or improper conduct in the Gupta’s dealings with government, relating to tenders, state contracts, mining licences and advertisements in the New Age newspaper, Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said.

The DA asked Madonsela to investigate if Zuma had violated the Executive Members' Ethics Act with some Cabinet appointments.

The Guptas and their company Oakbay Investments have denied the allegations.

South Africa's biggest four banks as well as auditors KPMG and JSE sponsor Sasfin cut ties with business units linked to the Guptas in April this year.


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