The South African authorities, which are seeking to prosecute the Gupta brothers, three businessmen accused of looting public resources with the complicity of former President Jacob Zuma, said on Monday, July 5, that an international alert has been issued to the most wanted against two of them. Brothers Ajayi, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, of Indian descent, fled South Africa shortly after setting up a commission in 2018 to investigate endemic corruption during Jacob Zuma’s nine years in power (2009-2018).
Interpol publish “red flyers” South African Attorney General Hermione Crone said in a statement, against Atul and Rajesh Gupta. Interpol’s Red Notices, at the request of a country, call on authorities around the world to locate and arrest the wanted fugitive for surrender, surrender or other legal action. The notification is related to a case related to a contract worth 25 million rand (€1.48 million) that was paid to a company linked to Gupta, Nulane Investments, to conduct an agricultural feasibility study. The third brother, Ajay, is not concerned with this matter.
Corruption spread under Zuma
In early June, South Africa announced the completion of an extradition agreement with the United Arab Emirates, where the fugitives would be.
A 2016 debit report on the endemic corruption under Zuma described in detail how the former president’s close brothers won lucrative public contracts and were involved in running state affairs, including appointing ministers. Steeped in scandal, Jacob Zuma was forced to resign in 2018 and must be heard by the Anti-Corruption Commission. His successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, who made corruption his hobby, must also be heard.
In 2019, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on the Gupta family, froze their assets under US jurisdiction, and specifically banned international banks operating in the US from doing business with them.