Hawks reject Lord Hain's claims on probes into Zuma, Guptas

Lord Peter Hain, who has raised the issue in the British House of Lords, says it appears that South Africa's authorities have not acted because they may be compromised.

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

PRETORIA - The Hawks have rejected perceptions that they are not acting on allegations of transnational money laundering and corruption levelled against the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma.

The unit was responding to developments in the US and the UK, where it's emerged that their respective authorities have already started probes.

Lord Peter Hain, who has raised the issue in the British House of Lords, says it appears that South Africa's authorities have not acted because they may be compromised.

The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi says that the details and progress of their investigation remains confidential.

"Many people have opened cases. We are deliberating with those people who have approached us. To put it clearly, there is a lot of work being done."

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Luvuyo Mfaku, meanwhile, says it’s regrettable that Lord Hain has made what he terms “baseless and malicious allegations”.

He’s referred to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams’ presentation to Parliament, where he revealed that NPA attorneys are assisting Hawks investigators with the case.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)