According to a report by City Press, the Gupta brothers left SA for Dubai on their luxurious private jet after their resignation from Oakbay Investments last week.
It was highlighted that the Guptas decision to resign follows a sustained political attack on the company and the controversial relationship that exists between the brothers and the South African president.
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Meanwhile, even though South Africa got what they wished for (Guptas must go), opposition parties still maintain that the fact that the Gupta brothers left SA does not change anything and surely does not remove their influence over the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) government.
Together, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) say their departure does not solve anything as their presence will still be felt even though they are no longer in the country.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says the sudden departure of the brothers is suspicious. Sees it as a strategy to put a stop to the investigations on their influence on the government.
“What if the authorities in this country advised them to leave so that you squash that investigation completely?”
However DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the Gupta influence on the government is apparent and it was made possible through Zuma.
“There are ministers who have been appointed… these create the state capture that we’re referring to. It’s not the Guptas who have captured the state, it’s Jacob Zuma who captured the state and he in turn has been captured by the Guptas.”
Maimane and the party’s shadow finance minister David Maynier made a report to the police to investigate charges of corruption brought against the Guptas and President Zuma’s son, Duduzane.
The Gupta family appears to have withdrawn from public life following the negative publicity that befell them over their close relationship with President Jacob Zuma.
As a result of the scandals that keep unfolding over recent weeks, institutions including Absa, Sasfin, KPMG and FNB have cut ties with the family to avoid being caught in the middle of the fiasco.