Gupta emails still under investigation

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.