A second civil society organisation has called on people to boycott the religious event hosted by the Gupta family starting on Sunday.
The Johannesburg Against Injustice group says it is disingenuous of the family to host an event that encourages humanity and public good when they allegedly do the opposite.
The family is hosting the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha from Sunday near their compound in Saxonwold.
Johannesburg Against Injustice’s Peggy Pillay says they have noted how the Gupta family has been at the centre of state-owned entity scandals, such as Denel, Transnet and Eskom.
“Alleged scandals around the Guptas are political, hosting a religious discourse where devotees are lectured on doing good for humanity, is ironic.”
Pillay says the event teaches people to not be greedy and this is contradictory to what the Gupta family stands for.
She says they are asking people to not attend the event.
“We are asking people to stay away from it, to not associate themselves with such disingenuousness.”
On Saturday, another organisation the Gurujati Network also instructed its members to stage a stay away from the event.
Meanwhile, the Gupta family says the onslaught by civil society organisations discouraging people from attending the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha is politically motivated.
The family says it sees no other reason why the Gujurati Network and Johannesburg Against Injustice would both ask their members to boycott the event.
Some community members say they don’t want to associate themselves with the controversial Gupta family, amid increasing calls for them to leave the country.
But family lawyer Gert van der Merwe says the attacks on the family are politically motivated.
“They took a decision that the family and the sponsors of this event are not entitled to sponsors such an eventand it seems more like a political exercise than anything else.”
But Pillay says the family only has themselves to blame if they feel this way since their public commentary is always political.
“The Gupta family has only themselves to blame if they believe they are embroiled in some kind of politics because the entire commentary in the public domain is political, very much so.”
Van der Merwe has threatened legal action against the civil organisations if the boycott results in any damage experienced by the family.