The Gupta family have been roped in another controversy. This time, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party wants to know if the Indians aren’t ordinary citizens of SA. And, if it’s no longer illegal for ordinary citizens to own military technology.
This follows a military vehicle discovered at the Gupta’s Saxonwold residence. Reports have it that the Gupta’s military vehicle was acquired after South Africans protested outside the Indians Saxonwold estate.
As learnt, about 800 South Africans protested outside the Gupta’s abode. Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) had to fire stun grenades to manage the crowd.
After the Guptas witnessed the chaos, they started doubting the ability of the police to hand them maximum protection from the angry protesters.
And, as the dispersed protesters went about inviting other South Africans to join them carry out further protests outside the Gupta’s Saxonwold home, the Guptas decided to obtain an armoured military vehicle that would help them escape if the need arises.
Reacting to the Gupta’s military vehicle, DA indicated that it will write to the Chairperson of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), Minister Jeff Radebe, to seek confirmation on whether or not the Gupta family have permission to own the armoured military vehicle stationed at their Saxonwold residence.
“The Gupta family lawyer, Gert van der Merwe, has confirmed that the armoured vehicle does indeed belong to the Gupta’s and it is being used for ‘safety purposes’.
“It is illegal for ordinary citizens to own military technology and it is therefore deeply concerning that this armoured vehicle is currently stationed at a private residence,” DA stated.
Acknowledging that the Gupta’s military vehicle was manufactured by Scipio Technologies, a Boksburg-based company in which the Gupta family own a stake, DA added:
“Scipio Technologies is apparently registered with the NCACC and is therefore permitted to manufacture vehicles for military use but they are prohibited from selling them to private individuals.
“Should Minister Radebe confirm that the Gupta’s do not have permission to own this vehicle, he must make public the actions that will be taken to ensure that the Gupta’s are held to account,” DA charged.