CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s Parliament on Tuesday hailed an
ongoing process to serve a summon on the Indian Gupta family and
freeze its assets to the tune of 1.6 billion rand (about 130
million U.S. dollars).
This came after the
Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) started the process to serve a
summon on the Guptas and freeze its assets.
This process should
continue “without fear or favor”, said Mathole Motshekga,
Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and
The AFU applied for
three separate orders at the High Court in Pretoria as well as
the High Court in Bloemfontein last month, and the ex parte
applications seeking orders to freeze the Guptas’ assets have
were brought in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act,
which allows assets of defendants in criminal cases, or people
who have yet to be criminally charged to be preserved pending
the outcome of their prosecution. After they have been
successfully prosecuted, the assets are then permanently
forfeited to the state.
assured that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that
criminals are stopped in their tracks and that they do not
benefit from the proceeds of such criminal activities, Motshekga
“Criminals must know
that the law will deal with them in all respects in the harshest
possible way. Nobody is above the law,” said Motshekga.
At least 14 people
and two companies have been identified in the case involving the
controversial Gupta family.
Trillian company and international consultancy giant McKinsey
reportedly were sommoned on Tuesday by the AFU, which is under
the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
The Guptas are being
investigated for its alleged collaboration with President Jacob
Zuma and a number of senior government officials in looting the
state coffers, through the awarding of lucrative contracts with
state-owned enterprises to Gupta-linked families, known as state
Both the Guptas and
Zuma have denied the accusation.
Train collision leaves four
injured in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
Two trains collided at a depot in South Africa’s
Mpumalanga province on Tuesday, causing minor to moderate
injuries to four people.
This was confirmed
by the Emergency Medical Care 24 (ER24) on Tuesday in a
statement. They said the trains collided at a low speed at a
arrived at the depot to find four patients walking around the
two trains. Paramedics assessed the four patients and found that
all four had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately,
no serious injuries or fatalities were found on the scene,” ER24
The injured people
were treated and transferred to the hospital for further
treatment. Investigations were launched to probe the cause of
Of late there have
been several train accidents in the country. On January 9,
trains collided leaving more than 200 injured in Johannesburg.
Late December, a train collided with a truck and a light motor
vehicle, leaving 12 dead and over 200 injured in Free State.