In a saga that is starting to look like a roadrunner cartoon, notorious businessman and one of the State Capture architects, Ajay Gupta, has pulled a catch-me-if-you-can leaving the country as early as February 6th in an attempt to ensure his safety from prosecution.
Officials at Oliver Tambo International Airport have stated that they are collaborating with the Hawks to establish the whereabouts of Ajay Gupta, after they delivered footage of him leaving the country from the international transport hub.
Gupta is wanted in connection with the fraud and money laundering investigation related to the Estina dairy farm project in the Free State. His brother Atul Gupta has also been requested to appear in court, but has yet to hand himself over to authorities although he is believed to still be in the country.
OR Tambo International Airport spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler has told the media that their records show that Ajay Gupta left the airport on a Dubai-bound Emirates flight 10 days ago.
She says that if he returned to South Africa, he may have done so through other ports of entry.
Gupta is one of several suspects identified in the Estina dairy project investigation, which allegedly unlawfully netted the Guptas more than R100 million in state funds.On Thursday, eight accused appeared in the Bloemfontein magistrates court.
The case will be heard again in August.
The Guptas are believed to be avoiding all contact with the authorities since the raid on their Saxonwold compound earlier this week.
With the election of new President Cyril Ramaphosa, many believe judgement day for the controversial family and their hangers-on will come soon.