Pikoli has no recollection of state capture case

In 2001, a Gupta-owned company was probed in connection with exchange control contraventions and fraud. The now-defunct Scorpions handled the investigation.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli says he has no recollection of a case coming before him involving state capture dating back 12 years.

In 2001, a Gupta-owned company was probed in connection with exchange control contraventions and fraud. The now-defunct Scorpions handled the investigation.

The investigation was apparently finalised two years later, but the NPA declined to proceed with the matter in 2005. Pikoli took over the reins at the organisation in that year.

He says he can't recall the matter.

"I have no immediate recollection of that particular matter. But matters where the NPA declined to prosecute, normally would be where there was insufficient evidence. In such a matter, then the NPA would not prosecute because of there being insufficient evidence."

Meanwhile, the NPA says that a task team is now guiding the Hawks' investigation into allegations of state capture.

There have been growing concerns over the Gupta family and the nature of their relationship with President Jacob Zuma, members of his Cabinet and family.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has already laid criminal charges against two ministers for corruption.

The NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku says: “We need to have prosecutors on board who guide, not to lead the investigation. Prosecutors can’t investigate because once we investigate, you’re opening yourself up to become a witness.

“Now they are guiding to make sure that what’s gathered is relevant and admissible but not investigated.”