The rich controversial Gupta family that migrated from India in 1993 has been accused by a large section of South Africa of Capturing and controlling the country. The leaked Gupta emails, exposed how the family controls many prominent South African Politicians.
The Guptas are in some serious trouble after Parliament directed four committees to “urgently probe” allegations of state capture involving cabinet ministers, Duduzane Zuma, Pres. Zuma and the Guptas.
Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said that House chairperson of committees Cedric Frolick had on Thursday written to the Home Affairs‚ Mineral Resources‚ Public Enterprises and Transport committees‚ to advise them to “ensure immediate engagement with the concerned Ministers and politicians to ensure that Parliament gets to the bottom of the allegations”.
- Then Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba who signed off on the Gupta family’s appeal after their citizenship was denied. Gigaba has since said the appeal was like many others he had dealt with‚ and had been signed after all the information had been considered.
- Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezi Zwane‚ whose CV was allegedly sent to the Gupta family two months before he was appointed to the position.
- Several state owned enterprises have also been implicated in the leaks with information detailing how Denel director Dan Mantsha was to be chauffeur-driven around Dubai‚ how a deluxe hotel suite was booked at a luxurious Dubai hotel for Matshela Koka‚ who later became Eskom CEO‚ and how the family was approached by a board member of SAA who asked them to get him onto the board of Transnet.
Parliament‚ as a representative body of the people of South Africa‚ shoulders the Constitutional responsibility of ensuring that matters of major public interest are dealt with as expected by the people.
The Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen said the latest development was a “cynical attempt to try and thwart an ad hoc committee”.He said an ad hoc committee would take a wide ranging view of all the aspects of state capture‚ and not just a “piecemeal” view as Parliament was currently attempting to do.
Steenhuisen said he viewed Parliament’s move as being “in bad faith” as the matter had been set down for substantive discussion during a meeting of the chief whips’ forum this week.
The Public Protector‚ Busisiwe Mkhwebane‚ announced last week that she would be launching her own probe into state capture at state owned entities following the leak of the emails.
If these probes are successful, it simple means that the accused will be arrested, prosecuted and convicted.
President Zuma’s Eldest son Edward Zuma earlier said in a radio interview that all those implicated in the state capture report including his father should be brought to justice.