South Africa welcomes US sanctions against Guptas

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SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s government has welcomed the US Treasury’s decision to sanction the controversial Gupta family, which was accused of widespread corruption during the rule of former President Jacob Zuma.

“The interest of justice must not be shackled by any boundary or border and justice must be seen to be done without fear or favour,” Justice and Correctional Services Minuster Ronald Ramola said in a statement.

The sanctions freeze any assets the three Guptas brothers and their business associate Salim Essa have in the US and bar US citizens and businesses from entering into transactions with them.

The Guptas were close to Mr Zuma, and were accused of fraudulently acquiring government contracts and trying to influence cabinet appointments to advance their business interests.

All the accused have denied any wrongdoing.

BBC

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