A montage of Vytjie Mentor and two of the three Gupta brothers, Atul and Ajay. She claims they offered her a ministerial job.
A montage of Vytjie Mentor and two of the three Gupta brothers, Atul and Ajay. She claims they offered her a ministerial job.

Guptas' money trail being followed

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Jun 13, 2016

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Parliament - The probe into the Guptas has widened, with the Financial Intelligence Centre and the South African Reserve Bank hunting down the cash allegedly stashed overseas.

The Hawks would not be drawn into its own investigation into the Gupta family on Sunday, while Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is understood to be tracking down a complaint against them.

Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi would not disclose the latest developments in their probe.

However, he said they were interacting with the people who lodged the complaint.

The DA opened the case in Cape Town in March after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas blew the whistle on the matter. The docket was then sent to the Hawks in Pretoria.

Madonsela’s office could not be reached for comment on Sunday, but last week Madonsela said she needed an additional R3 million for an investigation into the Guptas.

On Sunday Oakbay Investments denied any wrongdoing in sending money out of the country through an Indian bank.

It was reported that the Bank of Baroda, which has branches locally, was keeping the cash for the Guptas. The South African Reserve Bank and Financial Intelligence Centre wanted the paper trail from the bank.

Oakbay said the report was part of a smear campaign and would make it difficult for it to pay thousands of its workers in South Africa.

DA MP and its spokesman on finance David Maynier said he had been calling for the South African Reserve Bank and Financial Intelligence Centre to investigate the Guptas sending money out of South Africa.

Maynier had raised the matter in the National Assembly with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and later at a meeting of the joint committees on finance, trade and industry, and appropriations.

He was happy there was movement by the Reserve Bank and the Financial Intelligence Centre.

The SACP has expressed disappointment at the ANC for closing down its investigation into suspected state capture.

The SACP expressed its desire to work with the South African Council of Churches, which is driving its own probe into state capture.

The SACC has gathered a team who will collect evidence on the matter.

This evidence could be referred to the relevant authorities that are probing the family.

The SACC said it would have its report by September - a month before Madonsela completes her term of office.

However, Madonsela had earlier indicated that whoever takes over from her would continue with the investigation.

Political Bureau

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