According to a report by Africa Confidential, three of the Gupta brothers are taking a hike and headed to Dubai.
Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta have reportedly started the process of emigrating and, while the report is pretty much all speculation; the Gupta family and their relationship with Jacob Zuma and the ANC have fallen under the spotlight recently.
The scandals surrounding the Guptas have been enjoying a lot of press lately, as EFF leader Julius Malema forced the family back onto the public’s radar when he banned all their media from covering EFF events. He also called for the family to pack up their “criminal enterprises” and leave South Africa.
Last month Pravin Gordhan added his voice to the swelling number of public figures speaking out against the Gupta family by cancelling a breakfast hosted by the Gupta-run New Age newspaper.
Some, however, would argue that all the hype around the Guptas is really only based on speculation. According to Denis Beckett, there is ‘very little fact’ surrounding all the bad press the family has been getting.
“Their “perceived influence” comes from their “perceived links” in their “perceived role” in apparently a new version of the old press myth that if you say “alleged” enough you can’t be sued,” Beckett argues.
The Gupta family has since hit out at the hearsay allegations, categorically denying that they’re heading for Dubai.
“The Gupta family are proud to be South African and have been in the country since 1993. Oakbay Investments, the holding company for the Gupta family’s businesses in South Africa, has a strong track record of business success and has reinvested all profits in South Africa.”
source: The South Africa.com