Dirco confirms arrest of SA man in Dubai who filmed Ajay Gupta


The Dubai Marina in the Al Mina Al Siyahi area of the city, which covers a part of Jumeirah Beach and includes the Dubai International Marine Club.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) confirmed on Wednesday that a South African man was arrested in Dubai, allegedly after recording an interaction with Ajay Gupta, who is wanted by the South African police. 

According to Dirco, Justin van Pletzen is now being detained in Dubai, but is not yet confirmed whether his arrest is linked to the video, which was shared widely on social media. 

The man asked Gupta when he would be returning to South Africa. Gupta then joked, saying: "With a sore heart?"

It is the first sighting since Ajay Gupta fled the country in late February. He is wanted for corruption.


WATCH: Ajay Gupta spotted in Dubai

The Hawks have said the case is unrelated to the Estina Dairy Farm project, in which his brother Atul is implicated.

The chairwoman of the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom said on Tuesday it had proved impossible for the sheriff to serve summonses on the Gupta brothers to oblige them to testify on state capture at the power utility.

Zukiswa Rantho said summonses were issued by the secretary of Parliament for Ajay, Atul and Tony Gupta, as well as former president Jacob Zuma&39;s son Duduzane and former South African Airways chairwoman Dudu Myeni.

Dirco said in its statement on Wednesday consular staff from the South African mission in Dubai have visited Van Pletzen and will maintain contact with both him and his family. 

"At this stage, the department is unable to provide further details on the nature of the charges against the affected South African in Dubai and on the date of his court appearance," read the statement. 

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