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Future SA to continue to apply pressure on those implicated in Gupta leaks

Future SA has called on business to follow in the steps of the Board of Institute of Directors in South Africa which has suspended its co-branded activities with KPMG.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma (centre) seen with Atul Gupta (left) and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba (right). Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – Future SA says it and other civil society organisations will continue to apply pressure for those implicated in the Gupta Leaks emails to be held to account, adding that the South African government has displayed arrogance by not dealing with the matter decisively.

Future SA has called on business to follow in the steps of the Board of Institute of Directors in South Africa which has suspended its co-branded activities with KPMG.

The company has come under fire for the role it played in auditing a Gupta-owned company that was allegedly used to channel taxpayers’ money to fund a wedding at Sun City in 2013.

Future SA convener Mandla Nkomfe says the business and government should follow the lead of the Board of Institute of Directors and distance itself from any business with auditing firm KPMG.

He says nothing has been done to address the concerning revelations in the Gupta Leaks emails.

“It’s a real disappointment to South Africans that there’s no public accountability of politicians to South Africans and that shows the extent of arrogance on the part of those who lead us.”

Nkomfe says those who argue about the authentication of the emails have not been able to prove that they are fake.

“Whatever has come out of the Gupta leaks have not been denied by many people and for that matter, it has been confirmed by people who were involved.

“So whether it came in this direction or the other, I think it’s not a point. Quite clearly these things are real.”

Nkomfe says Future SA and other civil society organisations will continue to apply pressure on Government to hold those implicated in the emails to account.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)