Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Friday laid criminal charges against various companies and individuals implicated in awarding bogus BEE certificates to Gupta-linked companies.
These charges follows the explosive findings by the BBBEE Commission that Gupta aligned companies used fraudulent BEE certificates to secure lucrative contracts and payments from Eskom.
In a statement on Friday, DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean Macpherson said onus rests with police to investigate criminal complaints to the fullest extent of the law.
“Police must make sure those implicated appear in court,” said Macpherson.
Those implicated in the 18-month in-depth investigation by the Commission are:
- Tegetta, Optimum and Trillian for misrepresentation of their BEE status and providing false information to the Power Utility in terms of Section 130 of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act;
- Anoj Singh, Prish Govender, Edwin Mabelane and A. Nteta knew of the value of the contracts to Trillian, Tegetta and Optimum, but did not report misrepresentation to the Commission in terms of Section 130 (2) of the Act;
- Perjury charges against Tebogo Leballo. He lied under oath on behalf of Trillian that the company is an Exempted Micro Enterprise.
- DA charges against Simone Mitchell in terms of Section 130 of the Act for misrepresentation of Tegetta and Optimum’s BEE status.
The DA will also complain to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) and South African Institute for Chartered Accountants.
“We will also lay complaints with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) and South African Institute for Chartered Accountants,” said Macpherson.
He added that BBBEE Commission is yet to nail in the coffin of the Gupta Empire and a piece of the puzzle in State Capture.