The Congress Of the People (COPE) has urged Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) leader Julius Malema, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and other prominent figures to lay criminal charges following claims that they were spied upon by agents of the Gupta family.

COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem says his party condemns the alleged spying but he says they have greater concerns.

Various South African media are quoting claims that Malema, Manuel, Absa CEO Maria Ramos and two prominent bankers were spied upon.

The claims are based on investigative unit AmaBhungane’s revelations of leaked e-mails concerning the Gupta family.

The document allegedly contains international flight details and the ID numbers of Malema, Manuel, Ramos, FirstRand Group chairperson Laurie Dippenaar and the banking group’s co-founder, GT Ferreira.

A joint statement attributed to Malema and Ramos states that they are deeply concerned about what they say is a breach of their privacy and believe it is a criminal act…,-Manuel-urged-to-lay-criminal-charges-over-spy-saga