No evidence of Ajay Gupta returning to SA: Acsa

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The Airports Company South Africa – Acsa – says it has no evidence of Ajay Gupta ever returning to the country after he flew to Dubai last week.

Acsa has video footage showing Ajay Gupta leaving OR Tambo International airport on a Dubai bound airline on Tuesday last week.

He is wanted by the Hawks in connection with corruption charges.

Acsa Spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Kleur says the footage does not mean that Gupta is not back in the country as he could have used other ports of entry.

“We are not saying that Mr Gupta has not returned back to South Africa. He may be back but I can’t speak to that. However, what we have done as airports management is to engage the Hawks leadership in this and the lead investigator. And ensure that all the relevant information that confirms that Ajay Gupta did leave the country on the 6th of February is handed over to the Hawks.”

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Hawks arrest F State’s MEC

Free State MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Mathabo Leeto and CEO of Bloem Water Dr Limakatso Moorosi appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of irregular awarding of tenders.

The case was transferred to the High Court and postponed to the 2nd of next month. They face multiple charges of fraud and corruption relating to the time when Leeto was the mayor of Matjhabeng municipality in Welkom.

Leeto is alleged to have awarded a tender of R15million to a particular company without following proper processes.

NPA spokesperson Phaladi Shuping explains, “Currently they face charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and accepting bribe. All those charges relates to telecommunications systems that were implemented in Matjhabeng municipality we are talking of photocopy machines, telephones systems and CCTV where they did not follow the proper tenders process and at the end they were rewarded with money that was not meant for them. That is why they found themselves being accused of those kind of charges that were against them.”

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