Staff at Gupta-owned Oakbay plead with banks to save their jobs

Workers at Oakbay Investments have appealed to four South African banks to restore relations with the company.

Oakbay Investments logo. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers at Oakbay Investments have appealed to all four South African banks to restore relations with the company saying their livelihoods are at stake.

The Gupta-owned business is scrambling to restore banking relations following allegations that the controversial family has undue political influence on President Jacob Zuma.

The Guptas last month denied these claims and challenged their detractors to provide evidence.

In an open letter this afternoon, Oakbay employees have made an impassioned plea to Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank to save their jobs.

They say they're neither rich, nor politically connected people and have not captured the state.

While they say they don't know if any of these allegations against the Gupta family are true, they don't care as their only concern is to provide for their families.

The workers say that if Oakbay's bank accounts remain closed by the end of May, the business will close and they will find themselves jobless.

Earlier this month, the Gupta family released a statement confirming that all its board members, as well as President Zuma's nephew Duduzane Zuma, had resigned from Oakbay.