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Maimane lays charges against Zuma over “State capture” emails

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the party will lay criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet based on the leaked State Capture emails from the Guptas and some members of cabinet.

This comes after both Sunday Times and City Press exposed emails showing the extent of power the Gupta Family has on ANC and the country.

The charges will include corruption and possibly campaigning on the estates that Zuma has undermined the rule of the state.

The DA says it has been working with its legal team to finalize criminal charges against President Zuma and his Cabinet.

“Jacob Zuma is without doubt the head of a criminal organization,” Maimane said at a media briefing Monday.

The main opposition party also seeks investigation in allegations of corruption against Zuma and ministers such as Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

The DA says the ad hoc committee has been put in place to review the evidence that emerged at the weekend showing the extent of the influence of the Guptas over the Cabinet and state-owned enterprises.

It should have the power to call the Guptas themselves as well as to summon Zuma to answer questions about the authenticity of e-mailed correspondence involving the Guptas and Cabinet ministers.

The  Gupta Family and Zuma will be summoned to answer questions regarding the validity of e-mailed correspondence involving the Guptas and Cabinet ministers.

The allegations revealed that five ministers were under the pay roll of the Guptas , including Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi says Maimane.

The National Assembly will have to pass a resolution for the establishment of an ad hoc committee. If Mbete refused to accede to the DA’s request, it would take the matter to court, Maimane says, because Parliament had a constitutional obligation to hold the executive to account.

“We believe Parliament must do its job and if it fails to do so we will take the matter to court to ensure that this committee is established.”

The DA is confident that the parliament will give a tangible verdict on this matter saying if it fails to its work the matter will be submitted to the court.



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