Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has lashed out against local government and state investigative bodies saying it’s shameful that foreign institutions like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are involved with probes surrounding the controversial Gupta family, while the probe into State Capture has yet to begin.
Ramaphosa addressed the African National Congress (ANC)’s cadre’s forum in Mafikeng in the North West at the weekend, where he said that the growing perception is that South Africa is a corrupt state.
“We call on the Hawks, NPA and all investigation entities in our country to start probing immediately.”
He says the Gupta leaks have shown that the country has been captured and those involved must face the law.
“Those who are found to have done unlawful things must be dealt with immediately without any delay.”
It emerged that the FBI had opened an investigation into the Gupta family related to cash flows between South Africa, Dubai and America.
The Financial Times reported that British financial enforcement agencies were investigating links between HSBC and Standard and Chartered - and the South African-based Guptas.
The FBI's probe is expected to focus on Ashish and Amol Gupta, who are US citizens. They are the nephews of Atul and Ajay Gupta.
Locally, the Hawks have told Parliament that the controversial family’s dealings form part of an investigation into state capture.
While there have been numerous leaks of compelling evidence against the family, there has been no outright attempt to prosecute them.
The Financial Times reported that transactions through HSBC and Standard and Chartered were being reviewed on suspicion that hundreds of millions of rand were laundered through Gupta-linked accounts.
At the same time, the names of 27 people including Zuma, several of his family members, the Guptas and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are among a list sent to British financial authorities to be investigated for possible links to international money laundering.
The details are revealed in a letter that former anti-apartheid activist Lord Hain sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.
Amabhungane revealed in July how the Gupta leaks exposed the controversial family as acting as brokers to facilitate contracts for key state-owned entities.