Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the President of the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) to tighten borders on the Guptas amid the reported of imminent charges.
The party has called on Ramaphosa to take action today to ensure that borders and airports are put on alert in order to stop the Gupta family from trying to flee the country.
“We should not allow them to leave South Africa, and certainly not with the assistance of government, like Omar al-Bashir was allowed to do.” said DA.
The family have been accused of capturing the state through President Jacob Zuma and his youngest son Duduzani Zuma.
The reports emerged this morning that “warrants of arrest” are being prepared for at least one Gupta brother as well as a high-ranking politician.
“Our borders should be urgently secured to prevent the Guptas from slipping through the net. It is unlikely that the Gupta family will sit and wait for their arrest. There is a strong possibility that they will attempt to flee the country, if they have not done so already.
The party want Ramaphosa to confirm with Home Affairs Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, on whether the Guptas are still in the country and if so, must put all borders and airports on high alert as they are a flight risk.
According to the DA, Ramaphosa must ascertain from Minister Dlodlo the following without delay:
- Determine the whereabouts of the persons for whom the warrants of arrest have been reportedly been issued;
- Ensure that all exit points from South Africa are supplied with copies of the relevant arrest warrants;
- Ensure that all exit points from South Africa are placed on high alert and instructed to execute arrest warrants on sight.
The party urged Ramaphosa to take action now