- It was recently discovered that the Guptas avoided paying for electricity by bridging their meter
- The Johannesburg Metro police were sent to disconnect the illegal connection, after they received an anonymous tip
- Meanwhile, Ajay Gupta was spotted in India, where he attended a wedding and stayed at the family’s palatial bungalow
The Hawks have been investigating the controversial Gupta family for corruption, and most recently reports suggest Zuma’s friends did not pay for electricity.
A tip-off suggested the Guptas bypassed the meter box of their Saxonwold mansion in Johannesburg, the Daily Sun reported.
According to Johannesburg Metro Police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, officers were sent to the home to disconnect the illegal electricity connections.
David Tembe, chief of the Metro police, said it was part of the department’s ‘Buya Mthetho’ campaign, which aims to catch individuals bridging electricity meters.
“Bridging electricity is a criminal offence and people found practising it will be arrested and possibly prosecuted.”, Tembe stated.
The Guptas were not the metro police’s only targets, the department moved in on people across the city.
He said they did not care who the person was or where they stayed, adding if electricity was being bypassed it was theft and the person had to be prosecuted.
Briefly.co.za learned the special unit who heads the Buya Mthetho campaign, which was launched two weeks ago by Herman Mashaba, received an anonymous tip-off from people who reportedly knew the Guptas had bridged their meter.
Meanwhile, Ajay Gupta was spotted in India at the time Zuma resigned. The Hawks’ most wanted man reportedly attended a wedding before heading to a palatial bungalow in northern India.
The Times of India reported the Guptas have a palatial bungalow in Curzon Road in the city. The report further stated Ajay was residing there until Friday, 16 February.
“During his stay in Dehradun‚ the businessman did not leave the bungalow and remained inside‚” The Times of India reported.
Times LIVE reported Ajay was supposed to stay in Dehradun until 18 February, but he changed his plans after news broke of Zuma stepping down as president of South Africa.
He was reported escorted to the airport by local police.
“As far as the developments in South Africa are concerned, we have to date received no intimation from the South African embassy or police regarding anything related to the Gupta brothers. Since the family is a Z-category protectee, they inform the district police whenever they are visiting Dehradun and a security cover is arranged for them.”, an official was quoted saying.
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