US Sanctions Law Nails The Guptas

FILE Former President Jacob Zuma and Atul Gupta

The business association, he added, hoped that further names related to the Gupta family would be added to the sanction list.

The US Treasury on Thursday slapped sanctions on the Gupta brothers, calling them a "significant corruption network" that dispersed bribes and misappropriated millions in state funds.

Former South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Mhlanganyelwa Zuma faces up to 25 years imprisonment if found guilty of during a trial where he is facing 18 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

The Gupta network of shady and illegal dealings has been dealt a pretty serious blow, with the USA government hitting the family with financial sanctions that see all of their U.S. assets frozen.

The extent of the family's corrupt dealings is now the subject of a commission of inquiry looking into the capturing of the state.

In a statement issued to announce the sanctions, the politician revealed that USA citizens are essentially barred from doing business with the family.

The judicial inquiry was set up after an ombudsman's report uncovered apparent evidence of improper contact between three wealthy businessmen brothers - Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta - and senior officials in Zuma's administration.


"We will continue to exclude from the United States financial system those who profit from corruption", Mandelker said.

She also declined to comment on which of the Gupta assets would be impacted by the sanctions.

However they said they were satisfied that the delays would not prejudice the trial.

"Today's sanctions announcement demonstrates the US government's unwavering commitment to supporting the rule of law and accountability in South Africa".

"This action supports South Africa's ongoing anti-corruption efforts by its independent judiciary, law enforcement agencies and the judicial commissions of inquiry".

Zuma's appearance lasted less than two minutes, and although there was a strong police presence outside the courthouse, none of his usual throng of supporters were at the court.

The family fled South Africa as the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks began building a case against the family's corrupt dealings.

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