Reward for Gupta arrest could jeopardise case, warns security expert

A security researcher has warned that the rewards being offered for the arrest of Ajay Gupta, and others, are a risky move.

The rewards, which amount to over R1.5 million, have been offered by fraud investigator Paul O'Sullivan and Sygnia CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Read: Close to a million bounty for info on 'fugitives' Ajay Gupta and Duduzane Zuma

The Hawks have distanced themselves from rewards being offered.

Researcher Dr Johan Burger says the rewards could hamper the work of the crime-fighting agency, if not executed properly.

Dr Burger explains that rewards for information that may lead to arrest or prosecution are acceptable.

However, rewards for the capture of any Gupta family member or associates could lead to risky and unlawful actions from individuals.

Also read: Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

Fugitive Ajay Gupta is on the run from authorities.

It's alleged that he unlawfully netted more than R100 million of state funds from Estina dairy farm project which was meant to benefit the poor.

Rewards for information that could lead to the arrest and successful prosecution is a common, international practice.

Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies

The problem here is that some of the rewards appear to be for the arrest of suspects. That's were the difficulty lies.

Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies

Our Criminal Procedure Act limits the powers of private citizens to carry out arrests.

Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies

My worry is that there is a real risk of a 'bounty-hunting' approach, unlawful arrest and false and unauthorised force.

Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies

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