Cosatu cautiously optimistic following Gupta arrests

Gupta brothers Atul and Rajesh Gupta, have been arrested in Dubai.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu has welcomed the arrest of two Gupta brothers, calling it a step in the right direction.

But the trade union federation says it remains to be seen whether the brothers will ever enter a South African courtroom.

READ: OUTA welcomes arrest of Gupta brothers

Cosatu’s Parliamentary Coordinator Matthew Parks says that this country has seen many court appearances that eventually lead to nothing.

"I think we can all remember about five years ago how frustrated we were when the Guptas were allowed to escape this country when it was very clear that they were planning to escape and the NPA and other law enforcement agencies just sat on their hands.

READ: Gupta arrests | CASAC says wheels of justice finally turning

"So I think having said that let's hope it's not a false mirage. Let's hope that its not just a simple flash in the pan," he said.

"Because we have seen many times when people have been charged, maybe make one court appearance, and then nothing happens to it for years and years so lets appreciate this as a welcome step and let's see, will they be extradited back to South Africa, will they come and face trial in South Africa?

"Will they be prosecuted? Will they be convicted? Will their assets be attached? That what we really want to see at the end of the day. It's a welcome step forward and we can only hope we will see the next logical conclusions taking place.


Paid Content