The United States has raised concerns with South African authorities that the Gupta disputed family is receiving money from Iran to buy Uranium Shiva in the country, according to a final report on a major corruption case.
The final report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Admission, presented to Governor Cyril Ramaphosa by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Thursday, said efforts by three senior officials at the State Security Service (SSA) to investigate the allegations India. The Gupta family was attacked, and the then minister of the organization, Siyabonga Cwele, was accused.
Under the direction of General Director Jeff Maqetuka, Foreign Department Chief Moe Shaik and Homeland Security Chief Gibson Njenje, SSA wants to conduct investigations against the Guptas, he said.
The commission gave its final reports to Governor Ramaphosa after a four-year investigation in which three Gupta brothers – Ajay, Atul and Rajesh – made serious allegations about their alleged theft of billions of rands from state institutions, accused of their closeness. to the former. Aare Jacob Zuma.
Atul and Rajesh now believe he is in custody in Dubai, awaiting the conclusion of a renewal request by South Africa.
The entire Gupta family, originally from Saharanpur in India, fled the country when the coalition detained them due to pressure on Zuma, who was eventually ousted by his own African National Congress elected by him the second time.
“In the eyes of the Commission, a strong case has been made, … that deliberate efforts have been made … to gain national recognition; moreover, efforts have been made to block investigations in Guptas, “The report says.
“Concerning what caused the first interest in the Guptas, Ambassador Maqetuka confirmed the evidence by Mr. Shaik and Mr. Njenje that it occurred because the Americans had expressed concern that the Guptas were receiving money from Iran to buy the Shiva Uranium Mine.
“The second round of interest has arisen to investigate the Gupta, arising from the statement made by Minister of Transport (Fikile) Mbalula that he had been informed of the upcoming appointment as Minister by the Gupta even before he spoke. for him by the former. Exhaustion.
“It needs to be investigated for two reasons as Ambassador Maqetuka. First, for them, for Minister Mbalula to be further informed by a dangerous foreigner. Secondly, he needs to protect the former President like this. will damage your reputation, ”the report said.
“The further concern is that, by informing Minister Mbalula in advance of his appointment, the Gupta will create confidence by Mr. Mbalula on them because their further knowledge of his appointment will enable him to see them. should not be on them.
At one point, the Gupta tried to rename all the major cricket stadiums in South Africa under their IT brand, Sahara.
The Commission was also informed that Minister Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mining, then, had invited a meeting with Ajay Gupta, which would have been held at a hotel, but the venue had been converted into the official residence of President Mahlamba Ndlopfu, in Pretoria. . .
Ajay Gupta put the minister’s representative in the investigation of the Prime Minister, who accused the minister of speeding up mineral rights for his company.
“The truth of the matter was that the meeting took place at the presidential palace, and was not, in the eyes of Mr. Njenje, for the Gupta to show how strong they were; to show a government minister that he could call for an investigation by the president. his absence, ”the report said.
SSA leaders have finally met with Zuma to explain the need to investigate the Gupta because of American concern and the issue of Mbalula’s election.
They admitted to the Commission that although Zuma did not directly tell them to stop the investigation, it was clear from what he said and in his own language that he did not approve the investigation.
The panel found that Zuma did not want the Guptas to be investigated.
“President Zuma defended his friendship with the Guptas and their partnership with him. President Zuma said there was no need to investigate the Gupta because they were” good people “with good relations,” the report concluded.
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