Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Johannesburg - City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has decided to approach the courts in a bid to seek legal action against the Gupta brothers.

This is after Mashaba wrote an open letter to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv. Shaun Abrahams on June 11, giving him 60 days to "take swift action against the Gupta’s following revelations of their corrupt activities and alleged racist behaviour towards black South Africans."

According to Mashaba, there was no response from Abrahams or the National Prosecuting Authority. 

"To me, it is clear that Adv. Abrahams does not regard the allegations against the Gupta’s as serious," said Mashaba in a statement.

Numerous allegations of influence peddling and racism have been levelled against the Gupta family, who are close friends of former president Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane.

Employees of Gupta TV have accused the station’s bosses of racism against black employees, and black South Africans in general. The employees have also indicated a toxic work environment at the Midrand offices of Gupta TV.

"As a black South African, especially one that has endeavoured to excel through diligence and hard work, I cannot in all good conscience sit and watch as the Guptas would seek to demean our people."