Exposed Gupta emails shocked most South Africans and some citizens are almost becoming impatient on seeing Zuma behind bars or prosecuted.

The leaked documents are alleging improper dealings in government contracts.

These kind of crimes could land any powerful figure behind bars for years, but they are not enough to prosecute Zuma as many people really wish.

This according to legal experts who stated that though the leaked Gupta emails implicate Zuma in several irregularities, they are not sufficient on their own to bring down the President Zuma or the Gupta family.

The three legal experts – Professor Koos Malan of the department of public law at the University of Pretoria, Lawson Naidoo of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), and senior prosecutor Wessie Wessels, all said Zuma and his friends, the Guptas could not be dragged to  court to prosecute them for any misdeeds based on findings in the email.

The contents of the leaked Gupta emails may form the basis for the police and National Prosecuting Authority to investigate and prosecute possible violations under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA), the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act, the Companies Act, the Tax Administration Act, and the Financial Intelligence Center Act (Fica).

But the biggest problem, according to all three experts, is who is going to investigate these charges and ensure that they come to trial.

To prove all these in court, one must still be able to prove that money was transferred from one bank account to another, said Naidoo.

He also said that to prosecute a criminal case successfully, there must be more proof than just the emails.

Adding to this, Professor Koos Malan noted that the leaked Gupta emails could only be used as a valid evidence in court based on various factors, including how the emails were obtained.

It could be recalled that opposition party leader Mmusi Maimane had already charges of treason and corruption against Zuma, the Guptas and three ministers.