The Democratic Alliance is set to question why the South African Police Services is dragging its feet in proceeding with the criminal charges laid against the Gupta Brothers Atul and Ajay Gupta earlier this year.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he wants SAPS Acting National Police Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane to breaks his silence and explains to the people of South Africa as to why no developments have occurred in relation to these criminal charges.
“It has now been almost half a year and the public remains in the dark on this matter – while the Gupta’s and President Zuma continue to raid government in order to benefit themselves personally,” said Maimane.
In March the DA laid charges of corruption against the controversial family. This was after two African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) alleged that they had been offered portfolios directly by the Guptas provided prima facie evidence.
Maimane said he has written to Phahlane to request that he clarifies the progress the SAPS has made on this case.
“I have today written to Mr. Phahlane in this regard, requesting that he clarify the following: What progress has been made with regards to these charges; Whether an investigation has been initiated by the SAPS; If not, why not; If so, who the investigating officer is; and The expected date of completion of the investigation,” said Maimane.
Recent the controversial family announced that it will be selling all its shares in all their businesses in South Africa; they added their decision will be beneficial to the country.
Maimane said this stunt pulled by the Guptas does not rid South Africa of their destructive influence, and certainly does not absolve them from a criminal investigation into their suspected acts of corruption.
The DA Leader is set to bring the Guptas to book as he has also written to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, requesting a progress report on her ongoing investigation into state capture in South Africa.