Gup­tas sim­ply al­lowed to run riot

Cape Times - - OPINION -

NOW the Gup­tas ap­par­ently want to get hold of and/or con­trol the more than R1 tril­lion worth of funds man­aged by the Pub­lic In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (PIC). Th­ese as­sets in­clude the pen­sion monies of past and present pub­lic ser­vants.

I am con­tin­u­ally con­fused re­gard­ing the (ap­par­ent) shady deal­ings of the Gupta fam­ily. They have been as­so­ci­ated with nu­mer­ous claims of the hi­jack­ing of state en­ti­ties. Ob­scene amounts of money are men­tioned when th­ese al­leged hi­jack­ings are un­cov­ered. The PIC, Eskom, Transnet, SAA, SABC and the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA are ap­par­ently all in the Gupta’s sights.

My con­fu­sion: why is the Gupta fam­ily not be­ing in­ten­sively in­ves­ti­gated, with a view to pros­e­cu­tion, by the ap­pro­pri­ate law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties?

Enough is surely enough now. Even the most hard­core Gupta sup­porter must now ad­mit that they have gone too far.

If the gov­ern­ment is re­luc­tant to in­ves­ti­gate and charge them then, at least, they should de­port them be­fore they get their hands on the pen­sion monies of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of past and present pub­lic ser­vants.

That three peo­ple are able to desta­bilise the cop­un­try to the de­gree that the Gupta brothers have, with­out any law en­force­ment agency lay­ing so much as a fin­ger on them, per­plexes me. Rus­sell On­g­ley Great Brak River

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