Gupta family placed under US sanctions: SA told to take action

Gupta family placed under US sanctions: SA told to take action

- The Gupta family has already gained notoriety in South Africa but it seems the United States has honed in on the questionable bunch as well

- The powerhouse nation placed the family under sanctions governing large-scale corruption

- Opposition parties in America said it is now up to local authorities to clamp down

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South African authorities must clamp down on the Gupta family, according to a message from across the world.

America has placed the Gupta family under sanctions thanks to the US Global Magnitsky Act, which deals with gross corruption and human rights violations, reports The Citizen.

Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta have been blacklisted, along with a South African associate, Salim Essa, after using political connections to 'line their pockets with ill-gotten gains'. This is according to American Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker.

In a statement issued to announce the sanctions, the politician revealed that US citizens are essentially barred from doing business with the family. Mandelker commented that:

"Treasury's designation targets the Guptas' pay-to-play political patronage, which was orchestrated at the expense of the South African people."

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted the restrictions against the questionable tycoons, saying that:

"This action reaffirms the United States' commitment to support the rule of law and accountability in South Africa and globally."

News24 reports that Democratic Alliance spokesperson Solly Malatsi had welcomed the development, calling for law enforcement in SA to take action.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola had confirmed that SA had issued the US, along with seven other countries, mutual legal assistance requests over the Gupta family, welcoming America's bid to fight against corruption.

Briefly.co.za reported that the family is accused of using their connections in the political world to secure government tenders, influence ministerial positions and other dodgy dealings that saw millions changing hands under the table.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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