"If not for the law, I would have dropped him" - SA businessman bumps into Ajay Gupta in Dubai

"If not for the law, I would have dropped him" - SA businessman bumps into Ajay Gupta in Dubai

- Justin Van Pletzen is a South African businessman working in Dubai

- He bumped into Ajay Gupta and filmed his conversation with the man, asking when he would return to South Africa

- Gupta is wanted in South Africa on charges of state capture and fraud, but seemed relaxed in the video

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"If it wasn't for the law here, I would have dropped him," Justin van Pletzen said of his encounter with Ajay Gupta outside his office in Dubai.

The South African said he had just gone outside for his 10 o'clock smoke break, when he saw Gupta emerging from the building opposite, believed to be the Indian Consulate building.

"Ajay, how are you doing sir?" Van Pletzen shouts in the video. "When are you going back to South Africa? The country is looking for you."

Gupta replied: "They are not giving a reply, the day they are giving a reply I will go there."

Briefly.co.za understands the Hawks have described Gupta as a “fugitive”.

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Responding to the video, Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi‚ said on Wednesday: “He can run but cannot hide. We continue with our investigations.”

The Gupta's former businesses have also been in trouble since they left the country, and they have also ignored requests to appear before tax authorities in India.

Van Pletzen said he confronted Gupta due to the various allegations against him.

"The man is guilty of sin, he fleeced my country of billions of rands," Van Pletzen said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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