- After waiting for a year top South African officials are headed to the United Arab Emirates to fetch the Guptas
- Justice Minister Ronald Lamola is leading the team in the hopes of securing a stalled agreement to have the family repatriated
- The infamous bunch are set to be holed up in Dubai as South Africa reels from the aftermath of state capture
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and a team of delegates are flying out to Abu Dhabi in an attempt to persuade the United Arab Emirates into co-operating.
Briefly.co.za reported that the United States had agreed to blacklist the Gupta family, but the UAE has stalled signing the agreement.
TimesLIVE reports that Senzo Mchunu, NPA head Shamila Batohi, and other high-ranking officials have headed out on a mission to bring the Guptas to book.
While the records show that the delegation is attending a UN convention, sources in the government are adamant that the real reason is securing the infamous family.
The Guptas, if the UAE agrees to the treaty, will be extradited out of the well-known tax haven and brought to SA to face the music at last.
Over a year since the extradition treaty had been sent, speculation is rife over whether or not the nation will indeed agree.
If the country fails to greenlight the extradition, the South African state will remain unable to prosecute the Guptas.
Minister Lamola's spokesperson Chrispin Phiri commented on the status of the endeavor:
"It is in the interest of both nations that the agreement and treaty are ratified. Once the agreement and treaty are ratified and operational, SA would request assistance from the UAE in terms of their provisions. Treaties are clear on what processes the parties should undertake when seeking assistance from each other."
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