DA lays treason charges against Zuma, Guptas

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane laid charges at the Cape Town police station against the president, his son, government ministers and the Guptas on Tuesday.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma, members of the Gupta family, several cabinet ministers and senior executives of state-owned entities, and other individuals implicated in state capture.

The party's leader, Mmusi Maimane, said in a statement on Tuesday that those charged had committed treason, racketeering and corruption.

 

"We will not allow Zuma Inc to continue to steal from our people," said Maimane.

Named on the indictment sheet are Zuma; Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta; Ashu Chawla (CEO of the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers); Nazeem Howa (a director of various Gupta-linked companies and former CEO of Oakbay Investments); Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane; Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba; Communications Minister Faith Muthambi; Desmond van Rooyen ("alleged Gupta-appointed former minister of finance" and current Minister of Co-operative Governance); Duduzane Zuma, director of Gupta-linked companies and oldest son of Zuma); and Matshela Koko, a suspended executive of Eskom.

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The DA charges that they committed the following offences:

  • Corruption – through unlawful conduct that contravenes the Prevention of Combating of Corrupt Activities Ac, specifically offences in respect of corrupt activities relating to public officers, public officials, foreign public officials, agents, legislative authorities, contracts, procuring and withdrawal of tenders, inducing another person to commit offences, and relating to the duty to report corrupt transactions.

This specifically includes the “misuse or selling of information or material acquired in the course of the, exercise, carrying out or performance of any powers, duties or functions arising out of a constitutional, statutory, contractual or any other legal obligation” that amounts to “the abuse of a position of authority, breach of trust; or the violation of a legal duty or a set of rules”.

  • Racketeering, – through unlawful conduct which contravenes the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998.
  • Treason, through unlawful conduct which violates, threatens or endangers the existence, independence and security of the Republic of South Africa or which has the effect of changing the constitutional structure of the republic.

Maimane said each of the individuals listed must be held accountable for their actions and face the full force of the law.

"Nothing less will be acceptable to the Democratic Alliance, and nothing less will be fair to the people of South Africa, who are united in their condemnation of these heinous crimes."

The DA would pursue "every available avenue until the corrupt state capture project that has undermined and crippled key institutions of the state is stopped and the ANC is removed from power".

 

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