Parly justice committee welcomes move to freeze Gupta assets

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 16, 2018

"This is not as not as a result of [National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)] Shaun Abrahams, who tried to stall, but as a result of pressure and hard work of the AFU team under Adv Knox Molelle", the DA's Glynnis Breytenbach said.

"The DA has doggedly pursued those suspected of being involved in the project of State Capture with a number of us laying criminal charges against key individuals, which we trust assisted the Hawks and now the NPA in their investigations and decision to pursue the Guptas albeit rather delayed".

The Asset Forfeiture Unit went to court for an order against the global company as well as the Gupta-linked Trillian Capital Partners for the almost R1.6-billion they scored from the country's state-owned power utility without a valid contract.

According to reports, the AFU successfully applied for three separate orders last month from the high courts in Pretoria and Bloemfontein, in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

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The orders have been granted against consulting firm McKinsey and Gupta-linked Trillian related to contracts with Eskom and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

In these types of applications, the preserved assets are placed under the control of a curator and can not be disposed of pending the final determination from the court on whether it they should confiscated. The unit is now waiting for NPA prosecutors to sign off the warrants so that the arrests can be effected.

Ajay Gupta (left) and Atul Gupta.

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