DA urges SAPS to investigate Guptas

2016-03-23 06:00

THE DA laid criminal charges against members of the Gupta family on Thursday (17/03).

This follows allegations that members of the Guptas had offered cabinet positions to at least two ANC members in exchange for executive decisions favourable and beneficial to their business interests.

Both current deputy minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, and ex-chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Vytjie Mentor, publicly disclosed that they were offered cabinet positions by members of the Gupta family.

“These revelations of undue executive influence by the Guptas amount to a prima facie case of corruption under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act,” said the spokesperson to the DA leader, Mabine Seabe.

Seabe said after years of allegations over state favours, murky business relationships and clear-cut nepotism between the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma – ranging from cabinet appointments to business deals benefitting the Zuma family directly – there is finally prima facie evidence of such illicit activity. Seabe urged the South African Police Service (SAPS) to conduct a thorough criminal investigation into this matter.

“The DA strongly believes that there should be an investigation into President Jacob Zuma and his involvement in such corrupt and unethical behaviour,” said Seabe.

“We urge members of cabinet and other ANC members to do the honourable thing and speak out against such revelations, and put forward any evidence of examples they have knowledge of,” she added.

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