In South Africa, a new case could lead to a real political storm. Since the beginning of the week, hundreds of compromising emails have been published by the press.
They talk about exchanges between the Gupta, a rich family of businessmen who are friends of the head of state, and members of the government. These mails, if authentic, could be highly damaging to President Jacob Zuma.
Several hundred emails were sent to the press by an informant. They concern confidential exchanges between the Gupta, their collaborators, the son of President Zuma and members of the government.
These e-mails reveal that several ministers traveled at Gupta’s expense, that a minister’s resume was sent to this family just before his appointment to the government, that some members of the cabinet disclosed confidential information to this family, That the Gupta maintained for years Duduzane Zuma, the son of the president.
“These emails confirm the suspicions of corruption,” said David Lewis of Corruption Watch, notably about the awarding of public contracts to Eskom. Once again, the Gupta family, the Zuma family and the Eskom leaders are involved. So these revelations are significant, because they confirm what we already suspected and especially that there is corruption at the top of the state. ”
The various news organizations that have received these emails say they have been working on them for several weeks and are convinced of their authenticity. But according to them, this is only the visible part of the iceberg. There would be between 100,000 and 200,000 emails.
In any case, the main opposition party has already filed a complaint against the head of state and a dozen of its collaborators for corruption, racketeering and treason.
Written by Fabrice Hakizimana.