Friday, 23 February, 2018

South Africa opposition demands ministers' arrest after Gupta raid

South African police target business family linked to Zuma Three arrested in #Gupta raids to appear in Bloemfontein court
Ellis Copeland | 15 February, 2018, 10:22

The suspects were arrested in connection with the looting of over R200 million of the failed Vrede Dairy farm.

Zuma and the Guptas - a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen - deny any wrongdoing. This is the power of persistent, professional, independent journalism.

The Gupta family has been linked to state capture involving President Jacob Zuma, one of his sons, Duduzane, and a number of government ministers.

However, the situation has escalated, with the governing African National Congress (ANC) chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, saying parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president tomorrow, if the chief justice is available to swear him in.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect", Zuma said.

"You can't bring a matter of this nature to court and not charge the people who have benefited the most", the source, who has knowledge of the police's moves, told Reuters.

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Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas made a public allegation in 2016 that he was offered 600m rand ($50m; £36m) by the Gupta family to be the next finance minister - as long as he did their bidding. The Guptas' lawyer declined to comment on the case.

Agents from the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, entered the compound of the Gupta family in Saxonwold, an affluent neighbourhood in Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Gani‚ of the law firm Gani Mayet Attorneys in Johannesburg‚ said he had yet to receive any documents pertaining to the search and seizure warrant that led to heavily armed Hawks officers raiding the family's Saxonwold compound early on Wednesday.

A group of officers, some in police gear, later emerged from the home. These guys must get out of our country. "This is about getting South Africa right again", said Tessa Turvey.

Police also raided the Guptas' Oakbay holding company in Johannesburg's Sandton financial district, according to a security guard outside the building.

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