Jun 13, 2021

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Gupta extradition: Excitement grows as brothers ‘set for return to SA’

We’ve been waiting years for this – and if it’s ever going to happen, the time is now: There has been significant progress in the bid to bring the Gupta brothers back to South Africa, some three years after they hot-footed it to the United Arab Emirates. The billionaires are facing extradition back to Mzansi, thanks to a long-standing legal treaty.

Will the Guptas come back to South Africa?

Both SA and the UAE have an extradition agreement in place. Yes, it has taken an age to get to this point, but both countries are in the process of ratifying the international agreement. In summary, the Arab nation is preparing to fill out the paperwork that will deliver the sought-after fugitives back to our shores…

Gupta brothers latest: State capture masterminds ‘cornered’

An early morning briefing from Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Friday is likely to bring some much-needed good news to a country that’s just entered its third wave of COVID-19, and has an energy provider that can’t keep the lights on. Getting the Guptas back to South Africa would be a major achievement at the best of times – let alone desperate ones.

Extradition treaties don’t just grant countries the right to deport who they want. A firm body of evidence has to be established by the side looking to secure a conviction. With the State Capture Inquiry now concluding its business, the written report from the Commission is likely to heavily implicate the Guptas as the ‘architects’ of state corruption.

It’s fair to say, excitement is now building in SA…

  • Former ANC Minister Derek Hanekom said that ‘the Gupta brothers belong in orange overalls’ on Thursday.
  • This delightfully cynical tone was shared by OUTA, who pinned their hopes on SA ‘holding the Guptas accountable’.
  • However, it was the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation creating the most fanfare – they held a picket at the UAE embassy on Thursday…