US and UK put Hawks in bad light
Global software company SAP revealed on Thursday that its South African arm paid R107million to companies linked to the Gupta family. The practice, unearthed by an internal probe, revealed that some locally based managers paid “sales commissions” to Gupta-linked companies to secure business with two state entities, Transnet and Eskom.
SAP reported its findings to the US Department of Justice, opening itself to a probe by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the States.
Earlier, UK authorities asked their financial sector regulator to probe Gupta-linked banking transactions in their various banks with the aim of prosecuting any wrongdoers.
Mounting evidence of state capture surfaced after the public protector’s State of Capture report linked the same family to President Jacob Zuma. It called for an inquiry to investigate their links to the appointment of state ministers who aimed to loot state coffers.
Despite opposition parties opening criminal cases against Zuma, the Gupta brothers and some ministers said to be key players in state capture, our law enforcement agencies have not indicated an appetite for investigating these allegations.
Evidence of the family appointing ministers and board members at key institutions to access state business has largely been ignored. With state capture being the greatest threat to our political and economic instability, it boggles the mind as to why the Hawks are clearly not prioritising getting to the bottom of these allegations.
After SAP confirmed paying “bribes”, the Hawks said that they were cooperating with the FBI. Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said the Hawks had been conducting a long-standing investigation into allegations of state capture and that they would also go to Germany and the US for further investigations with regards to the latest revelations.
The Hawks are clearly impotent, and it is a heavy indictment that foreign law enforcement agencies are doing their job. We are more likely to see the perpetrators of state capture being held accountable in the US or in the UK while the Hawks fold their arms.
No wonder many believe the Hawks are also captured.