Guptas in Parli would only complicate Hawks investigation - Cope

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 30, 2016

The Congress of the People (Cope) has lashed out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) for what it describes as being “confused” on how the investigation into alleged state-capture by the government connected Gupta should be handled.

Earlier this month, both parties laid charges against the controversial family and President Jacob Zuma after admissions from Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and ex-Portfolio Chairperson of Public Works Vytjie Mentor, that they were offered positions following visits to the Guptas’ home in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Saxonworld.

In a statement, Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the DA’s application to have the family appear before the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee in Parliament, would only interfere with the investigation of the Hawks.

“Cope reiterates that the police must without any delay call in Mr Zuma and the Guptas to get statements from them. This is not the time for discussion; but certainly the right time to press ahead with criminal prosecution,” Bloem said.

He added that former Government Communications CEO Themba Maseko’s claims in an interview with the Sunday Times last week that Zuma instructed him to meet with the Guptas about advertising in The New Age, “indicates that there is a concrete case of corruption against them”.

“We are also heartened by their [Hawks] assurance that they will investigate both parties without fear or favour. We urge them to prioritise this case because it is of great national interest,” Bloem said.