Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
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SA borders on high alert as Ajay Gupta flees

SA borders on high alert as Ajay Gupta flees

Ajay Gupta is believed to be on the run with a team of heavily armed bodyguards, Times Live reported.

"The country's crime-fighting bodies must push ahead to ensure all those implicated in stealing from the people of South Africa are investigated and held accountable". The Indian-origin family faces allegations of corruption and "influence peddling" due to their close ties to Zuma.

Officials at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg are reportedly working with the country's elite police force, the Hawks, to determine Ajay's whereabouts, The Citizen newspaper reported today.

On Thursday, Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that Ajay was being sought.

The EFF in the Free State said it "welcomes the swift action by the Hawks which has led to the arrests of those responsible for the grand theft of over R220m meant for black farmers in Vrede". He is now a wanted man with a warrant of arrest out for him.

Mulaudzi added that they have flagged border posts and hope to capture Ajay Gupta soon.

They appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Thursday, where they applied for and were granted bail for between R10,000 and R200,000.

Bail of R200‚000 each was granted to Howa‚ Gupta‚ Chawla and Ragavan while bail of R10‚000 each was granted to Thebetha‚ Dlamini and Masiteng.

The matter was postponed to August 17 for further investigation.

According to the FFJ, the R100,000 reward is being offered in the interests of justice, so that Ajay Gupta does not escape South Africa, and all information received is being shared with the authorities. It followed a day that began with a raid by the Hawks on the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg and ended with the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

While Ramaphosa's long term goals involve progress in numerous sectors in South Africa, he, along with ANC, will be looking into charges against Zuma. Zuma and the Guptas have denied wrongdoing.

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