- The US decision to put sanctions in place against the Gupta family caused waves in South Africa
- Justice Minister Ronald Lamola revealed that Mzansi had reached out to ask for assistance from other countries
- Briefly.co.za explores who SA has approached in its bid to hold the notorious family accountable
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has explained that South Africa has approached seven countries for mutual legal assistance in an attempt to have the Guptas extradited.
The family is facing state capture allegations and has been subjected to US-imposed sanctions, preventing citizens from doing business with the family, Briefly.co.za reported.
While the Democratic Alliance slammed the apparent inaction on SA's part, while America jumped to levy consequences against the Gupta's, Lamola says the state has been actively pursuing justice.
TimesLIVE reports that the following countries have been asked to help:
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
America had been one of the nations the government approached, with the United Arab Emirates asked by the minister to finalise the ratification of treaties, reports News24.
A statement issued by the US Department of State revealed that Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, along with associate Salim Essa, had been placed under sanction.
In addition to being barred from conduction business with citizens, any property or interest in property within US jurisdiction had been blocked.
The State Capture Inquiry recently heard Duduzane Zuma denying allegations that he had witnessed the Guptas offer a former deputy minister R600 million to accept the position of finance minister.
Ex-president Jacob Zuma's son had slammed the claim put forward by Mcebisi Jonas, but had admitted that the Saxonwold compound had at one stage been a favourite meeting place.
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