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NPA pounce on Gupta brothers

Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday welcomes the move by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to serve Gupta brothers with the summons in a bid to preserve assets worth approximately R1.6 billion.

The assets were allegedly gained through criminal activities.

DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Glynnis Breytenbach on Monday piled commends on Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) team under Advocate Knox Molelle, whom he claimed had put pressure on NPA’s head Shaun Abrahams to spring into action.

“This isn’t a result of Abrahams, he endeavored to slow down the move,” said Breytenbach.

This preservation order, to serve Gupta siblings with the summons on [Tuesday], is just the initial phase in considering those in charge of plundering the general population’s cash.

“We hope to see other such activity against President Jacob Zuma and his son, Duduzane so they can be responsible for their part in State Capture,” said Breytenbach.

Breytenbach said these charges included:

In September 2017, DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, laid criminal charges of fraud, racketeering, and collusion against worldwide consultancy firm, McKinsey, in terms of Section 21 of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act. This after McKinsey overlooked notices from senior South African staff members that the deal was done with Trillian, Eskom and other Gupta-linked companies were not above board;

In July 2017, Mazzone also laid criminal allegations against Eskom’s Chief Financial Officer, Anoj Singh, for breach of Section 50 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act (PMFA) for his claimed part of the Guptas’ capture of Eskom through the Tegeta agreement and the Trillion contracts;

In that month, Mazzone laid of charges of illegal tax avoidance and corruption against the South African components of global software giant, SAP, and Gupta-affiliated company CAD House, following allegations of R100 million in kickbacks changed hands between the two companies;

In July 2017, DA Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier laid charges of illegal tax avoidance, fraud, corruption, racketeering against Atul Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Ronica Ragavan and Kamal Vasram regarding the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, following disclosures that open assets supported Vega Gupta and Andakash Jahajgarhia’s wedding at Sun City in 2013;

In July 2017, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane and Maynier laid charges in terms of Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Activities Act, identifying with the discoveries of the State Capture Report against the Gupta-family, President Jacob Zuma, Brian Molefe and Mosebenzi Zwane.

In June 2017, I [Breytenbach] laid charges of illegal tax avoidance, extortion, and corruption, against the Gupta’s and their partners in connection to the Estina dairy farm matter.

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