Mmusi Maimane


Mmusi Maimane files charges of treason and corruption against Zuma, Guptas

Actions speak louder than rhetoric.

Mmusi Maimane


The DA leader emerged from Cape Town police station this morning to detail the lawsuit he has filed against Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, following up from his vow this weekend to take the president to court for ‘undermining the state’

Zuma – fresh from avoiding a vote of no confidence at this weekend’s ANC NEC meeting – has been savaged by the public and the media, after reports from City Press and Sunday Times revealed how he conspired with the Guptas to give them access to government business and assets, leading to state capture.

Read: Mmusi Maimane prepares legal action against ‘Gupta-headed heist’ of SA

Maimane has wasted no time in putting his money with his mouth is, and racked up an eye-watering 48-page charge sheet that calls for Zuma, the Guptas, and ministers such as Malusi Gigaba &  Mosebenzi Zwane to face charges of treason, corruption, and racketeering.

Who is on Maimane’s hitlist:

. Jacob Zuma (referred to as ‘Accused number one’ on the charge sheet) and the Gupta brothers – Atul, Ajay, and Rajesh – (referred to as ‘Accused number two, three, and four.)
. Ashu Chawla (chief executive of Gupta-owned Sahara Computers)
. Nazeem Howa (director of various Gupta-linked companies and former CEO of Oakbay Investments)
. Mosebenzi Zwane (alleged Gupta-appointed Minister of Mineral Resources), Malusi Gigaba (alleged Gupta-appointed Minister of Finance)
. Faith Muthambi (alleged Gupta-appointed Minister of Communications), Des van Rooyen (alleged Gupta-appointed former Minister of Finance and current Minister of COGTA), Duduzane Zuma (director of Gupta-linked companies and oldest son of the president) and Matshela Koko (suspended Senior executive of Eskom).

The opposition leader says he’s bringing this case to the authorities as ‘it is clear from the charges that Zuma and the Guptas committed these offenses in concert with each other’. Maimane went on to warn the president and his conspirators that they are in this fight for the long haul:

“The DA will pursue every available avenue until the corrupt State Capture project that has undermined and crippled key institutions of the state, is stopped and the ANC is removed from power. We must earnestly focus South Africa towards building a prosperous nation, where jobs can be created for all.”

Read: Only 18% of ANC voters still support Zuma’s presidency – poll

Though bringing criminal charges against Jacob Zuma is nothing new (JZ faces 783 of them at the last count), not even a handful of these have been played out to such a huge crowd, with such overwhelming evidence held against him.

The tide is quickly turning against Zuma, as he enters the ‘sink or swim’ phase of his besieged presidency.