The Gupta footprint has not left South Africa, and it is well protected, it seems. While things have been rather quiet in the world of the Gupta family, matters relating to their movements in South Africa have peaked our interests.
It is without a doubt a possibility that the wanted members of the family, Atul, Rajesh and Ajay Gupta still move covertly within our borders. However, it begs the question: who is protecting them from prosecution?
Gupta family in South Africa is still well-protected
While there is no certainty whether they still do receive this level of protective aid from the government they once captured, it was revealed by Rapport — City Press’ sister newspaper — that the same security company that used to provide protection for Nelson Mandela is currently doing so for members of the Gupta family in South Africa.
At this point, it is not entirely clear who these members are. However, according to the director of Nicholls Steyn and Associates, Rory Steyn, although there are still members of the family that their security company provides protection services for, it is not clear if this includes the wanted Guptas.
Security head reveals motivation behind protecting Gupta family
Furthermore, Steyn revealed that NSA Vulindlela is the company in group that was called on to protect the family when protesters picketed outside of the Saxonworld complex in 2018.
“One of our group companies, NSA Vulindlela, has a contract with Confident Concepts, a Gupta company, to provide specific protection for the family’s children and female members,” said Steyn.
He alleges that they felt compelled to heed the calls from the family when they realised that there were young, vulnerable children in the family that were in serious danger.
“We were approached because there was a real threat of violence against the vulnerable members of the families. We have not seen it as contrary to our ethics as the children are innocent parties,” he added.
Ajay, Rajesh and Atul are still wanted by authorities in South Africa. It has been reported that they have fled the country and are currently in Dubai.
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