Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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17 Oct 2016
5:34 am

DA to charge Guptas – again

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Opposition is also fighting Zuma’s application to keep Thuli’s report under wraps.

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has filed court papers with details on the Gupta family’s alleged suspicious banking transactions. Picture: AFP

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will file new corruption charges this week against Ajay and Atul Gupta after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan filed court papers last week containing details of “suspicious” bank transactions by Gupta-owned companies allegedly totalling R6.8 billion.

These will be in addition to existing charges by the party against the Gupta brothers and President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, DA MP David Maynier said yesterday.

Maynier said he would request an extension of the investigation into “possible exchange control violations relating to a suspicious transaction involving VR Laser Asia, as well as other transactions, including a R1.3 billion transaction involving the purchase of the Optimum Coal Mine”.

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Gordhan applied for declaratory relief on Friday to exonerate him from intervening in the Guptas’ battle with South Africa’s major banks, which terminated their banking relationships with the family and its companies earlier this year.

The DA will simultaneously tackle Zuma’s application for an interdict against the release of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on allegations of state capture by the Gupta brothers.

“We are applying to become an intervening party and in order to do that you need locus standi, which I think we have because we are the body that complained in the first place,” said the DA’s federal chairperson, James Selfe.

Yesterday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said there was no legal basis for the delay of the report being published.

“Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s statement the state capture report is final and cannot be changed; it means that the current report must be made public.”

President Zuma and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen filed applications last week to halt the release of Madonsela’s report.

Zuma’s application is expected to be heard tomorrow while Van Rooyen’s will be heard on November 1.

– simnikiweh@citizen.co.za