The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) this morning confirmed the reports that the Gupta’s have been spying on their Commander In Chief Julius Malema following the reports by News24 and Amabhungane based on evident extracted from the leaked email and documents.
“As an organization we have always known this and now the leaked emails have confirmed with evidence. ” said the party in a statement.
“We know that a private foreign family, the Guptas, has had access to the travel itinerary and ID number of a party leader and member of the South African Parliament. We cannot think of any other reason why they would spy on him, except with the hope to find him isolated and take his life.
“We say this because most of the trips that the media has written about were never publicly announced. We also know that it is impossible for the Guptas, on their own, to attain this information without the help of both Home Affairs and State Security.
The party accused the state of helping the Guptas to spy on its leadership illegally monitor or tap into his calls.
Furthermore, the EFF says it is aware that the Guptas possess spying equipment from Russia which they brought illegally into the country.
“As an organization we are concerned about the safety of the CIC.” – EFF
“Not so long ago, we have had to track a car that was following him around.” – EFF
“What the Guptas do spying on CIC is not only criminal, but undermining to the generosity of this country that has welcomed them as foreigners. It is yet another hard evidence of why they must pack their bags and leave our shores.
“We shall be taking the evidence as found in the leaked emails to the Inspector General of Intelligence.
“We want to further warn the Guptas that we are also not going to sit by and allow them the leverage over our leader’s life.
“They have no right whatsoever to spy on the EFF leadership and they must know that as EFF we are not scared of them.
“If they want our leader, we shall meet them toe to toe right at their door step and give them whatever it is they are looking for.”
Other prominent South Africans also being spied on by the Guptas includes the former finance minister Trevor Manuel; his wife and Absa CEO Maria Ramos; and FirstRand bosses Laurie Dippenaar.
The family reportedly had access to travel documents of Malema, Manuel, Ramos, Dippenaar to monitor their their travelling movements.