- Justin van Pletzen is a South African businessman who filmed his confrontation with Ajay Gupta in Dubai last week
- The South African Embassy in Dubai are not aware of the arrest and have asked local authorities to clarify the matter
- The reason for van Pletzen’s arrest remains unclear but it’s thought he was arrested for filming without the proper permission
A South African businessman, Justin van Pletzen, who filmed a relaxed looking Ajay Gupta outside of the Indian Consulate in Dubai last week has been arrested, although the reason for his arrest remains unclear it is thought he is being held for filming without the proper permission.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said its consular service had confirmed that van Pletzen’s mother had made contact with the relevant authorities and reported her son’s arrest.
The South African Embassy in Dubai said it was not aware of van Pletzen’s arrest and said it would seek further clarity from local authorities regarding the matter.
Briefly.co.za discovered that a friend of van Pletzen confirmed he had been arrested and said the family were awaiting further details from his court appearance.
Van Pletzen has been living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2016, he said he could not believe it when he saw a very relaxed looking Ajay Gupta walk towards him.
He said he wanted to tackle Ajay, but the strict laws in Dubai persuaded him to rather confront Ajay and ask him a few questions.
“I wanted to tackle the head off his shoulders. But then I saw the bodyguard behind him and I thought to myself: If you tackle him you are going to get into big trouble‚ probably going to lose your job‚ probably going to go to jail. And I thought‚ just ask him the question. Ask him when he is going home to go face the music.”
In the video van Pletzen can be heard asking Ajay when he would be returning to South Africa. “The country is looking for you, “he said.
Gupta, who shook Van Pletzen's hand, replied that South African authorities had not yet given him a reply. “The day they give a reply, I'll go there," Gupta added.
The Gupta family are considered fugitives by the Hawks after failing to hand themselves over to law enforcement authorities in February. The family also faces troubles in India, where they are wanted for tax fraud.
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