Hawks confirm investigation into Guptas, Zuma’s son

2016-03-30 06:00

JOHANNESBURG. – The Hawks will be investigating the Gupta family, as well as Pres. Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda said the case opened by the DA a fortnight ago had been received by the crime fighting unit.

“The case has been transferred to the Hawks and we will be investigating it,” Netshiunda said.

He would not provide any further details about the case.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, and member of parliament (MP) David Maynier recently laid corruption charges against brothers Atul and Ajay Gupta, as well as Zuma’s son Duduzane, at the Cape Town Police Station, following an admission by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the family had offered him the top job in the ministry.

Maimane said it was clear there was undue influence being exerted by the Guptas, a family with close ties to Zuma. He said South Africans had entrusted parliament and elected representatives, not the Guptas, with decision making.

“Therefore it is quite criminal that the president feels it appropriate for him to go out of his way to allow the Guptas to make those appointments. It’s a betrayal of our democratic processes,” Maimane said.

Earlier, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claimed on Facebook that the Guptas had also previously offered her a cabinet position.

She said Zuma had been in another room when this had taken place, and after declining the offer, he allegedly told her “It’s okay ntombazane,” while walking her out of the Guptas’ Saxonwold mansion. Zuma claimed that he had “no recollection of Ms Mentor and is not aware of the alleged incidents in her career”.

The Gupta family has denied all allegations and have challenged Jonas and Mentor to provide proof of their claims. – News24

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