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Ajay Gupta fled India on day Zuma resigned, report

Jacob Zuma stepped down from office on 14 February as pressure from the African National Congress mounted on him to make way for Cyril Ramaphosa.

A video screengrab of Ajay Gupta. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's being reported that on the day former president Jacob Zuma resigned, Ajay Gupta fled his hometown in India to an unknown destination, possibly Dubai.

Zuma stepped down from office on 14 February as pressure from the African National Congress mounted on him to make way for Cyril Ramaphosa.

Indian reporter Venkat Narayan says Gupta was in the country when Zuma was forced to resign.

“Ajay was supposed to stay in Dehradun till 18 February but as soon as he heard that Mr Zuma resigned then he took a helicopter from his own helipad in Dehradun to fly to the local airport, then took a flight and nobody knows where he went.”

Narayan says the Indian government has washed its hands of the Guptas because it doesn't consider them citizens of that country.

“So the spokesman of the government of India said that ‘they are not Indian citizens, they are South African citizens and it is up to the government of SouthAfrica to take it up with the authorities in Dubai and they have not approached us so fair’.”

Parliament heard last week that only Gupta is not a South African Citizen, but he does have permanent residency.