State stalled on Gup­tas: DA

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

DA MPs have ac­cused the Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Depart­ment of stalling the sign­ing of an ex­tra­di­tion treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which could have seen the Gupta broth­ers hauled be­fore courts to ac­count for state cap­ture al­le­ga­tions.

South Africa started ne­go­ti­a­tions with the UAE on an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment in 2010. On Septem­ber 25, Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha signed the treaty, rais­ing hopes the Gup­tas would be ex­tra­dited.

On Wed­nes­day, the depart­ment ap­peared be­fore Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices, where it pre­sented the agree­ments.

DA MP Steven Swart told the del­e­ga­tion from the depart­ment there was no po­lit­i­cal will from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to sign the agree­ments.

He ac­cused the depart­ment of not show­ing ur­gency in deal­ing with the agree­ments at the time of ne­go­ti­at­ing with the UAE.

State le­gal ad­viser from the depart­ment, Herman van Heer­den, said the ne­go­ti­a­tions were be­tween two states, and de­lays could not be pre­vented. |

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