LIFESTYLE | August 30, 2017 13:14

Finally, action on #GuptaLeaks: Hawks investigate alleged Sun City wedding fraud

JOHANNESBURG -- It’s taken several months but the gravity of the Gupta email leaks is clearly starting to sink in among local authorities. The Hawks today confirmed that they’re investigating alleged money laundering regarding the Guptas’ 2013 Sun City wedding. That wedding has already landed the likes of KPMG in deep trouble with the auditing firm found wanting. But it was an amaBhungane story, emanating from the Gupta email leaks, about public money (reserved for a Vrede dairy farm project) being used for the Gupta wedding which has now seemingly sparked the Hawks’ interest. It was, of course, DA Shadow Minister David Maynier who laid criminal charges after the Gupta leaks story was published on amaBhungane and Daily Maverick. Gradually then suddenly as Ernest Hemmingway once said…- Gareth van Zyl

Press release from the DA

By David Maynier*

This morning, Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata, acting head of the Hawks, confirmed at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, that "a team" was now investigating the charges I laid against Mosebenzi Zwane, Atul Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Ronica Ragavan and Kamal Vasram with the South African Police Service on 03 July 2017 in Cape Town.

This follows revelations that public funds, meant to assist the poor, were allegedly washed through a complex web of front companies, and used to pay for Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia's wedding at Sun City in 2013.

The charges include: racketeering, money laundering, assisting another to benefit from the proceeds of unlawful activities, and acquiring, possessing or using the proceeds of unlawful activities in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (No. 121 of 1998); and submitting false, or untrue, tax returns in terms of the Tax Administration Act (No. 28 of 2011).

The fact that public funds, meant to assist the poor, were allegedly used to pay for President Jacob Zuma's number one clients', the Guptas', family wedding is grotesque and must be investigated without fear or favour, by the Hawks.

Manyier is a DA MP and shadow minister for finance.