Zuma, Gup­tas on coup plot­ter’s ‘hit list’

Sunday Express - - WORLD -

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma, four Gupta fam­ily mem­bers and the ANC Youth League’s Collen Maine are some of the 23 names on an al­leged hit list in­ter­cepted by the Hawks.

In a let­ter sent to fun­ders so­lic­it­ing funds to as­sas­si­nate in­di­vid­u­als, a 23-year-old man, who is ex­pected to ap­pear in court on Fri­day morn­ing, lists the 19 as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of state cap­ture.

In the let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 25, 2016, and ad­dressed to busi­ness­man Nicky Op­pen­heimer under the head­ing “Let’s help save South Africa”, the man states:

“All South Africans, have long been protest­ing and strug­gling against Ja­cob Zuma bad gov­er­nance, ram­pant cor­rup­tion, state cap­ture, eco­nomic melt­down, self-in­ter­est, fraud and fail­ure to pro­tect and up­hold the con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try.” (sic).

The man - said to be the founder of the Anti-State Cap­ture Death Squad Al­liance (ASCDSA) then asks Op­pen­heimer for R60 mil­lion to fund the as­sas­si­na­tion of, among oth­ers, Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane, and “state cap­ture con­vener” Fana Hlong­wane.

Zuma’s son Duduzane was also named. The man al­legedly sent a sep­a­rate let­ter to Ajay Gupta, ti­tled “Hands off The Gupta Fam­ily”.

It stated: “The Gupta fam­ily has cre­ated em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for many black peo­ple since the dawn of free­dom but white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal­ists want to con­trol the econ­omy and pre­vent the Gupta fam­ily from cre­at­ing more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged black peo­ple.”

He fur­ther asks Gupta for R75m to “fi­nance our un­der­cover coup plot mis­sion to si­lence and as­sas­si­nate peo­ple who con­tinue to sup­port white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal­ists”.

In the let­ter to Gupta, the man ap­par­ently said the plan was to kill for­mer fi­nance deputy min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas, for­mer MP Vytjie Men­tor, for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela and Themba Maseko, for­mer GCIS chief ex­ec­u­tive.

To Gupta, he claimed to be the founder of the “Anti-White Mo­nop­oly Cap­i­tal­ists Regime” (AWMCG).

The man is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day on con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, among other charges.

Hawks spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi re­fused to con­firm the con­tents of the let­ters.

But he said that last year, the Hawks in­ter­cepted com­mu­ni­ca­tion ma­te­rial of pos­si­ble as­sas­si­na­tions be­ing planned against var­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als.

The Hawks ar­rested the sus­pect on Wed­nes­day after act­ing upon in­for­ma­tion re­ceived and con­ducted un­der­cover op­er­a­tions in Pre­to­ria and Joburg. “Al­most 19 in­di­vid­u­als were tar­geted,” Mu­laudzi said.

“The sus­pect and a founder mem­ber of the ASCDSA was ar­rested on the April 26 in Midrand while he was ex­plain­ing to donors how the as­sas­si­na­tion of state cap­ture ben­e­fi­cia­ries was go­ing to be car­ried out by the un­der­cover coup plot snipers.”

Mu­laudzi said com­mu­ni­ca­tion which was in­ter­cepted by in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­cluded var­i­ous let­ters sent to se­lected com­pa­nies to do­nate R140m to fund the al­leged clan­des­tine op­er­a­tion. An­other on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the dis­cov­ery of an­other group, the AWMCG, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a two-pronged in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

“It was dis­cov­ered that the AWMCG used the same modus operandi so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions to as­sas­si­nate se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and other South African cit­i­zens. “Four in­di­vid­u­als were al­legedly tar­geted for this op­er­a­tion. Their names will also be re­vealed in court.”

Mu­laudzi went on to say that a search was con­ducted at the sus­pects’ home and ev­i­dence was con­fis­cated for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions. — Pre­to­ria News

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