It never rains but it pours for the controversial Gupta family and in the latest storm, a UK MP Peter Hain has come out and claimed that he has copies of illegal transactions from Gupta-linked companies to banks in the United Arab Emirates and China.
According to a Fin24 report, the MP, speaking in the country’s Parliament’s upper chamber, claimed to have been given the documents by a whistleblower.
Hain said he made printouts of the transactions where the banks involved are named and hand-delivered them to UK Chancellor Philipp Hammond on Tuesday.
The Fin24 report says the MP has become a critic of president Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. He apparently referred to the president and the controversial family as the “Gupta/Zuma transnational criminal network”.
“In regular visit to SA – most recently last month – I have been stunned by the systematic transnational crime network, facilitated by … the Guptas and presidential family, the Zumas,” he was quoted as saying.
The same MP had, during a parliamentary debate, asked what the UK government was doing to prevent money laundering through the banks by “families and business people linked to the government of South Africa”.
A UK PR firm, Bell Pottinger has also come under fire in recent months for its involvement with the Gupta family.
The firm has lost most of its clients after it was accused of ochestrating a racially-charged campaign in South Africa on behalf of the Guptas.