DA leader Mmusi Maimane. File picture: Phill Magakoe/ANA Pictures

Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has laid charges against the Gupta family and the Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane for the alleged theft of public funds linked to a Free State farming community project. 
 
Maimane handed a legal indictment to the Hawks on Thursday for the matter to be investigated. 
 
The DA leader alleges that, in 2013, when Zwane was the MEC for Agriculture in the province, he launched a Dairy Farm Project meant to uplift the community. 
 
But those funds never made it back to community and the project never took off as the funds, about R200 million, landed in the hands of the Gupta family and their associates, Maimane said.
 
It then emerged that the money had possibly been used to finance the Gupta family's infamous wedding in 2013. 

 
"The indictment consists of the necessary evidence – including relevant leaked "Gupta emails"  - involving the Guptas, Cabinet Ministers, and others implicated in this scandal. This indictment provides all the evidence needed for the authorities to forge ahead with prosecution," said Maimane. 

 
The DA's David Maynier had previously laid charges against Zwane and the Guptas on the same issue.
 
The Gupta family has been widely criticised for the its alleged corrupt dealings with various government officials. 

Thousands of recently leaked emails showed how the family has bought its way through relationships with various officials.

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