Civil rights group AfriForum has laid criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and others implicated in the public protector’s state capture report.
The head of the organisation’s anti-corruption unit Monique Taute said former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report served as prima facie evidence that the individuals involved might possibly be guilty of a number of crimes including fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering.
The persons implicated in the report include Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, President Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma, Eskom chief executive officer Brian Molefe and the Eskom board as it was in 2014 and 2015, the shareholders and directors of Tegeta Exploration, the companies and owners of Oakbay Investments and of Mabengela Investments and the directors of Elgasolve.
“AfriForum is of the opinion that President Zuma should be fired because he has become an enormous embarrassment to the country,” she said.
Madonsela’s report into possible state capture by the Gupta family was published earlier this week after opposition parties secured its release with an urgent court order.
This was after the president abandoned his urgent application to stop the report’s release, and the court struck a similar bid by Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen off the court roll.
AfriForum has asked the police to investigate possible criminal conduct, including the violation of the Constitution and a large number of acts and regulations and the ethics code for members of the Executive against those implicated in the report.
Police spokesperson Anton Breedt confirmed outside the Moot Police Station in Pretoria that a docket of fraud had been opened.
AfriForum’s CEO Kallie Kriel said it was important that individuals, especially those in leadership positions, be held accountable.
“The rot starts at the top. We should fight corruption at the highest level because it filters through to lower levels if leaders set a bad example,” he said.