EFF: Investigation will reveal Gupta criminal syndicate

Yesterday, the red berets opened a criminal case against members of the Gupta family.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu arrives at the National results centre in Pretoria. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it believes a thorough investigation established by organisations - including banks, the Financial Intelligence Centre and National Treasury - will help reveal the extent and depth of what it calls the "Gupta criminal syndicate".

Yesterday, the red berets opened a criminal case against members of the Gupta family, directors of their companies and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane at the Rosebank Police Station.

The EFF has accused the Gupta family of being corrupt, adding that it is in the process of drying out South Africa's resources.

EFF Deputy president Floyd Shivambu says: "We have been saying for a very long time as the EFF that we are living in a country that is captured by a group of thugs."

Shivambu says a series of "suspicious transactions" that amount to R6,8 billion involving the Gupta family is just the tip of the iceberg.

"There's more money that the Guptas have wrongly transferred among themselves. This is why the banks have dissociated themselves from them."

Meanwhile, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has once again called for Zuma to step down, adding that Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family is creating uncertainty for the country.

The move by the EFF comes after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in court documents that members of the Gupta family, including companies they control, have been involved in suspicious transactions.

The Daily Maverick and the Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism say the documents were lodged in a court, and show a series of transactions that were reported by the Financial Intelligence Centre.

Gordhan says that it's possibly because of these transactions that the banks decided they would not continue their relationships with the Guptas.

To read the court papers filed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, click here.