Guptas will have more difficulty doing business in US, internationally - US Treasury

The Guptas are former president Jacob Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)
The Guptas are former president Jacob Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)

Sanctions imposed against the Gupta family and their business associate Salim Essa mean that the family will have a lot more difficulty doing business in the US and around the world. 

During a media briefing on Friday, the US Treasury's under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, said any assets owned by the family in US jurisdiction have been blocked.

She did not want to comment on which of the assets would be affected by sanctions, only saying the family would also not be able to do business in the country or internationally.

The US Treasury announced the sanctions on Thursday.

READ MORE: US blacklists Gupta family over filling their pockets with ill-gotten gains

Mandelker said the US would continue to hold "connected elites" to account for allegedly "stealing from their people and breaking their trust".

She added the Guptas and Essa had used their influence with prominent politicians and parties to line their pockets with ill-gotten gain. 

Visit GuptaLeaks.com for more in-depth investigations into the controversial family  

"The Gupta family leveraged its political connections to engage in widespread corruption and bribery, capture government contracts, and misappropriate state assets," Mandelker said.

During the media briefing, she commended the "extraordinary" work of civil rights groups, NGOs and investigate journalists, among others.

ALSO READ: #GuptaLeaks wins global award for investigative journalism

South Africa approached eight countries, including the US, for mutual legal assistance in an attempt to have the Guptas extradited to face state capture charges.

The countries were India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Switzerland, Mauritius, Hong Kong and China, the justice department confirmed.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola had asked the UAE to finalise the ratification of treaties, mutual legal assistance and extradition, his spokesperson, Chrispin Phiri, told News24 on Friday.

South Africa has an extradition treaty with the Middle Eastern country.

The commission of inquiry into state capture, which is currently underway, is investigating allegations of undue influence by the politically connected Gupta family on former president Jacob Zuma and at state-owned enterprises.

Zuma previously admitted that he was friends with the Guptas. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Is social media doing more harm than good?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, our children are exposed and we can't protect them
49% - 4114 votes
Yes, but social media is part of the new reality
46% - 3802 votes
No, it's great for growing a child's world view
5% - 409 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.06
-1.0%
GBP/ZAR
19.68
-0.4%
EUR/ZAR
17.10
-0.3%
AUD/ZAR
11.03
-0.3%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
-0.6%
Gold
1,830.44
+0.9%
Silver
27.44
+0.5%
Palladium
2,933.04
-0.6%
Platinum
1,256.51
+0.1%
Brent Crude
68.09
-1.3%
Top 40
62,573
+1.4%
All Share
68,520
+1.4%
Resource 10
71,474
+2.1%
Industrial 25
86,856
+0.9%
Financial 15
12,711
+1.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo