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Nzimande wants looted billions recovered

Publish date: 17 July 2017
Issue Number: 734
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

South African Communist Party general secretary and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has said he will not rest until he knows how the Guptas usurped control of the government, says a Weekend Argus report. In a damning report by several South African academics, it emerged that major policy and financial decisions – as well as business deals affecting governance in the country – were taken over by outsiders. It said the role of most of the affected ANC Cabinet Ministers was just to ‘rubber-stamp’. According to them, these included the nuclear deal, which was set aside by the Western Cape High Court recently. In their report, there was an increasing outflow of cash worth billions to Dubai, allegedly in favour of the Guptas and their associations. All these prompted Nzimande to come out in support of ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call that South Africa's law-enforcement agencies must probe the latest revelations of state capture and prosecute the culprits. Ramaphosa also urged the National Prosecuting Authority, Hawks and South African Police Service to implement plans to recover billions of rands looted from the public purse. Nzimande said: ‘I wish the SACP would also support the call to recover the billions of rands. Our students in tertiary institutions do not have enough money to pursue their studies, while cash was illegally leaving our own country to serve private interests outside our borders. That is to undermine our national sovereignty.’

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