- The Hawks’ head Yolisa Matakata announced the warrant of arrest issued for Ajay Gupta is not tied to the Vrede dairy farm project
- Now, reports suggest Ajay is a wanted man because of the alleged bribery attempt in 2015
- Where they reportedly offered Mcebisi a higher post and R600 million
The Hawks has a warrant of arrest out for Ajay Gupta, but it is not related to the Vrede dairy farm project.
BusinessDay reported Hawks head Yolisa Matakata said the warrant for Ajay’s arrest is connected to another corruption case.
While speaking to reporters in Pretoria, she said the directorate was currently busy talking with Ajay’s laywers.
"He is wanted on an unrelated matter to the Estina investigation, but it is on corruption as well.", Matakata added.
However, she did not provide any other detail about the case which could indicate what it was related to.
Reports suggest the warrant is linked to the bribe offered to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
Jonas accused the controversial family of offering him R600 million and a promotion to finance minister in 2015.
However, the reports remain only speculation, since Matakata refused to confirm or deny whether that was why a warrant of arrest for Ajay was issued.
She also would not provide any information which could indicate whether or not an warrant of arrest had been made out for the arrest of Duduzane Zuma, the son of the former head of state.
As Briefly.co.za reported previously, the Hawks refused to talk about Duduzane's legal status, claiming they would not jeopardise the case by giving out details, adding it was operational matters.
Thus far, eight individuals linked to the Estina dairy farm project had been apprehended. But, Matakata said it was only the first small step in the broader state capture probe.
She added the Hawks’ serious corruption investigative team worked a year on the case before any arrest could be made.
"As the Hawks, we are not influenced in any way, be it politically or otherwise. All our investigations are being done competently, honestly and without outside influence," she said.
The Hawks and NPA were alleged to be ‘captured’ by the Zuma administration. Since Zuma’s removal, the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority sprang into action and started probing into the allegations of the state capture.
Meanwhile, more Gupta-linked companies have applied for business rescue, news24 reported.
It was reported the management of Confident Concepts (Pty) Ltd, Islandsite Investments 180 (Pty) Ltd, and Shiva Uranium (Pty) Ltd, applied for business rescue on 20 February.
The companies move followed the Gupta’s Optimum Coal operations filing for business rescue earlier on in February.
Briefly.co.za gathered the step taken to apply for business rescue will be a great risk for the companies’ creditors.
Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), where the applications are filed, said only 9.4% of businesses subjected to the rescue proceedings could ultimately be saved.
Here is a list of Gupta-associated companies which have applied for business rescue at around the same time:
• Tegeta Exploration (Pty) Ltd
• VR Laser Services (Pty) Ltd
• Shiva Uranium (Pty) Ltd
• Optimum Coal Mine (Pty) Ltd
• Optimum Coal Terminal (Pty) Ltd
• Koornfontein Mine (Pty) Ltd
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