04 November 2013
The Gupta family continues to blatantly flout
the laws of this country and the IFP believes that both national
and the Mpumalanga provincial government are deliberately
turning a blind eye whenever they are involved.
IFP Secretary General, Sibongile Nkomo MP
said, “The recent reports that President Jacob Zuma’s son and
the Gupta family have been mining illegally in Mpumalanga for
the past three years is alarming. The Guptas seem to have used
their connections in government in order to carry out illegal
activities without being charged. Any other company or person
would have been prosecuted, but nothing is done about the Guptas.”
“The Gupta family has turned this country into
their own personal spaza shop, because they do not respect the
laws and do whatever they like. The Mining and Water ministers
are strangely silent on this issue, but are more than willing to
threaten legal action against anyone else who even comes close
to engaging in illegal activities. Their stance on the Gupta
mine is extremely hypocritical and undermines any credibility
they may have as leaders,” concluded Nkomo.
The IFP calls on the Ministers of Water and
Environmental Affairs and Mining to act swiftly on this issue.
The mine must be shut down and those in charge must be
prosecuted for contravening the mining laws of our country. The
Guptas as well as the President’s son must be held accountable.
IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile
Nkomo MP, 076 553 1240
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IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
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