SOUTH AFRICA’S top prosecutor said police were still examining a trove of leaked documents detailing relations between the wealthy Gupta family and president Jacob Zuma (pictured), but it was still too early to say if a prosecution should be launched.
Last Wednesday’s (6) comments to lawmakers by Shaun Abrahams were the first time the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has spoken publicly about the Gupta case.
“The leaked emails need to be investigated,” Abrahams told a parliamentary committee in response to a question on whether his department had taken a position on the matter.
“How can you make a determination on its admissibility if that (police) investigation is still ongoing?”, he said.
The elite ‘Hawks’ police unit, which probes organised and commercial crime and major corruption, is investigating the Gupta allegations, NPA officials told a parliamentary briefing last week.
Under the South African system, police investigate a case and then send a report to the NPA, which decides whether to take the case further.
Senior ANC members and the opposition accuse the brothers of using their relationship with Zuma to wield influence and win government contracts, allegations that in part stem from a trove of 100,000 documents and emails leaked to reporters.
The Gupta family of Indian-born businessmen were not immediately available for comment on Abraham’s remarks.