Gupta, Zuma mine illegal - report

By Drum Digital
03 November 2013


A rogue mining operation linked to Duduzane Zuma, President Jacob Zuma’s son, and the Gupta family,

has been operating illegally for the past three years and national government seems to have simply turned a blind eye.

According to the Sunday Times, the Mpumalanga company, Idwala Coal, has not only illegally diverted a public road but also a river.

It has also been mining without a water license, destroyed a wetland and allegedly owes subcontractors millions of rands.

In documents sent to the department of environmental affairs Idwala Coal admits to breaking the law.

They have applied for “rectification” - a request to continue mining despite breaking the law.

Questions have once again been raised over the Guptas' abilities to blatantly flout the law –

especially as this latest revelation comes only a few days after three senior South African National

Defence Force (SANDF) members appeared in court on charges relating to the landing of a private

aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. The jet was carrying Gupta-wedding guests from India.

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