The USA and UK investigate corruption linked to the Guptas, but what about SA?

TheThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and British financial enforcement agencies are investigating corruption allegations linked to the Guptas. In South Africa, law enforcement seem to sit on their hands when it comes to the Guptas.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch says that FBI investigation seems to be triggered by the US media and their take on what is happening in South Africa.

Read: FBI to probe Guptas over SA, Dubai and USA cash flows

It's not entirely surprising. When you reach corruption levels of this scale that we are seeing in South Africa, and of the monetary value in South Africa, you know that it is money that has to be laundered and hidden.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

In the case of the British investigation, Lewis says that the issue was first raised by Peter Hain in Parliament. Like the USA, Lewis says the UK law works to fight against British institutions and currency to be used to launder money.

Read: FBI investigates two Gupta nephews residing in the US

I think South Africa has gotten to a stage where it is recognised by these law enforcement agencies as a major corruption risk and a major potential for money laundering for illegal proceeds.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

For Lumkile Mondi Senior Lecturer at Witwatersrand School of Economics and Business Sciences, the fact that the Hawks have been lax in investigating the Guptas is not surprising.

This is really an agenda by the Zuma presidency to ensure that it can influence and control the operation of these institutions.

Lumkile Mondi Senior Lecturer, Witwatersrand School of Economics and Business Sciences

For Mondi, the way this this will change is a breaking down in the ranks where people come forward with information.

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