Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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15 Nov 2016
5:06 am

DA to lay fresh charges against Zuma over state capture report

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

According to the party, DA leader Mmusi Maimane will this morning lay charges in Rosebank.

The Democratic Alliance said it would today press fresh charges against President Jacob Zuma following the State of Capture report, for allegedly failing to report corrupt activity.

According to the party, DA leader Mmusi Maimane will this morning lay charges at the Rosebank Police Station against Zuma in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

In former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report, Zuma is said to have failed to act on claims of state capture, including the allegations made by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that he was offered a R600 million bribe and the position of minister of finance by the Gupta family.

This, according to the DA, constitutes a prima facie case against the president, in terms of the Act, which must be investigated.

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The party said there is a duty on persons in position of authority to report knowledge or suspicion of an offence to the police. The Act also requires only evidence of suspicion for charges to be laid.

“It is the police’s responsibility to investigate these allegations,” the party said.

After members of parliament thwarted a looming impeachment, voting against the DA’s fifth bid to oust him through a motion of no confidence in Zuma last week, the beleaguered president has also refused to answer written questions by MPs regarding the State of Capture report on the basis that he was still studying the report.

In parliamentary replies released yesterday, Zuma answered 10 different questions about his relationship with the Gupta family by saying that they formed part of the subject matter of Madonsela’s report which he was still studying.

Describing the report as inconclusive, Zuma also inferred that a court challenge of the report was on the cards.

“After the report was released, I have since indicated that I am giving consideration to the contents of the report in order to ascertain whether it should be a subject of a court challenge,” his reply read.