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Johannesburg - The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Thursday confirmed it had laid criminal charges against Trillian and those implicated in shoddy dealing with state-owned entities. 

Saftu is the latest organisation to lay charges over corrupt activities, following in the footsteps of the Economic Freedom Fighters, which earlier this year laid charges against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Gupta associate Salim Essa, Regiments and Trillian.

The DA then followed suit, laying criminal charges against Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Atul Gupta, Ajay Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Ronica Ragavan and Kamal Vasram at the Cape Town police station.

The trade union federation in a statement explained its decision to also lay criminal charges against an entity implicated in state capture activities. 

"The evidence in the public domain establishes clear and compelling evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of Trillian and its directors."

"Much of this evidence has been in the public domain for several months. It includes the Public Protector’s ”State of Capture Report”, Advocate Budlender SC’s report commissioned at the request of Mr Sexwale, the Chairperson of Trillian, the “Guptaleaks”."

The organisation also cited former CEO of Trillian Bianca Goodson's sworn statement, published on the website of the Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), which provided further evidence of how Trillian and its executive directors committed fraud in its dealings with Eskom.

To this end, the organisation decided to lay further charges against the company for committing acts of fraud, theft, corruption and money-laundering during its dealings with Eskom and Transnet. 

"The charges also relate to the dubious and highly suspicious circumstances surrounding President Zuma’s firing of Minister Nene and his appointment of Minister Des Van Rooyen on December 9, 2015 which is detailed in the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) report."

Saftu called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and South African Police Service (SAPS) to expedite its investigation into alleged state capture activities, saying a "failure to do so would constitute a grave injustice to the people of South Africa".

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