Ramaphosa: It’s shameful that SA hasn't started state capture probe yet

The deputy president addressed the ANC’s cadres forum in Mafikeng in the North West at the weekend when he made the comments.

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says it’s shameful that foreign institutions like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating allegations of state capture by the controversial Gupta family while South Africa hasn’t started a probe of its own.

Ramaphosa addressed the African National Congress (ANC)’s cadres forum in Mafikeng in the North West at the weekend.

He says there is a growing perception that South Africa is a corrupt state.

Ramaphosa called on law enforcement agencies to investigate.

“We call on the Hawks, NPA and all investigation entities in our country to start probing immediately.”

He says the Gupta leaks have shown that the country has been captured and those involved must face the law.

“Those who are found to have done unlawful things must be dealt with immediately without any delay.”

FBI DETAILS

It emerged that the FBI had opened an investigation into the Gupta family related to cash flows between South Africa, Dubai and America.

The Financial Times reported that British financial enforcement agencies were investigating links between HSBC and Standard and Chartered - and the South African-based Guptas.

The FBI's probe is expected to focus on Ashish and Amol Gupta, who are US citizens. They are the nephews of Atul and Ajay Gupta.

Locally, the Hawks have told Parliament that the controversial family’s dealings form part of an investigation into state capture.

While there have been numerous leaks of compelling evidence against the family, there has been no outright attempt to prosecute them.

The Financial Times reported that transactions through HSBC and Standard and Chartered were being reviewed on suspicion that hundreds of millions of rand were laundered through Gupta-linked accounts.

At the same time, the names of 27 people including Zuma, several of his family members, the Guptas and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are among a list sent to British financial authorities to be investigated for possible links to international money laundering.

The details are revealed in a letter that former anti-apartheid activist Lord Hain sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

Amabhungane revealed in July how the Gupta leaks exposed the controversial family as acting as brokers to facilitate contracts for key state-owned entities.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)