- The City of Cape Town has flagged the Gupta residence in Constantia for excessive water usage
- Despite the family not having stayed in the home for months, water usage has exceeded strict limits
- The City has installed a water management device to limit the amount of water used on the property
The City of Cape Town has confirmed that it has installed a water management device at the home of the controversial Gupta family.
Cape Town is currently in the worst drought in living memory and the city has been forced to implement draconian water restrictions. The city implemented level 6b restrictions on 1 February which limits use to 50 litres per person per day.
Despite the Guptas not having been seen at the property in months, water usage exceeded the 20 kilolitres per month target which was in effect under level 4b restrictions. Level 6b reduces this amount to 10.5 kilolitres, those found exceeding the limit could face a hefty fine or even jail time.
Briefly.co.za gathered that neighbours confirmed that the family had not been seen at the home for some time. It appears that the staff have been using municipal water to keep the grounds green and lush and to keep the pool full.
The property has three live-in staff members who confirmed that the Guptas use the home only on rare occasions.
The property in the affluent suburb of Constantia previously belonged to Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The property was purchased for R17 million by the Gupta-owned Islandsite Investments 180 (PTY) Ltd in 2005.
Neighbours objected to planned upgrades to the property which they said would ruin the area’s park-like ambience.
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