When prosecutors secured preservation orders for R1.6bn deemed to be the proceeds of crime that Eskom paid to McKinsey and Gupta-linked Trillian, reports surfaced that warrants of arrest had been obtained for at least one of the Gupta brothers and some of their associates, including senior politicians. This prompted the DA to urge newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to place the country’s airports and border crossings on high alert to ensure the Guptas didn’t flee with their loot.The next day the National Prosecuting Authority categorically denied any arrest warrants had been issued. But it did disclose that its Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) had teamed up with members of the specialised commercial crimes unit, the Financial Intelligence Centre and national treasury to pursue 17 cases related to state capture. AFU operations head Knorx Molelle said the team’s priority was recovering R50bn in ill-gotten gains.Its second target was R220m in government grants paid to a dairy proje...

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