Global players like international banks, corporations and governments facilitated corruption under former president Jacob Zuma in South Africa, a British lawmaker told the ongoing state capture inquiry on Monday, 18 November 2019.
According to British lawmaker, Peter Hain, these global players have the moral obligation to assist South Africa recover the billions they allegedly helped launder through their institutions and governments.
Speaking at the Zondo Commission of inquiry meeting in Johannesburg, Hain implicated global banks and governments in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Dubai and India. The entities allegedly played leading roles in laundering the funds that the controversial Gupta brothers are said to have stolen from South Africa into their personal off-shore accounts.
Zuma, who was removed as president in 2018 over corruption allegations, has dismissed the probe as prejudiced against him and his family. He and his son, Duduzane, have also appeared before Judge Zondo, and denied any involvement in corruption.
Part of the Zondo Commission’s mandate is to investigate accusations that the three Indian-born brothers, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, influenced Zuma over political appointments and state contracts. It is alleged that the brothers used the appointees to grant them lucrative business deals in state-owned enterprises like the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and power utility, Eskom.
Zuma has described the Indians as his “family friends” who came to his rescue to employ Duduzane when nobody in South Africa offered him a job due to his connection to his father-president.
There has been no response yet from the officials in UK, Hong Kong, Dubai and India to Hain’s charges against them at the Zondo Commission.