The South African businessman who recorded a video of Ajay Gupta in Dubai last week has reportedly been arrested for filming without permission.
News24 is reporting that Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said its consular services section confirmed that South African businessman Justin van Pletzen’s mother had made contact and that she claimed her son had been arrested in Dubai.
“The SA Embassy in Dubai was not aware of the arrest and has been requested to confirm this with local authorities there. We are still awaiting the report from the embassy.”
A close friend of van Pletzen however confirmed the arrest and said the family would wait for further details from his court appearance.
The video recording which Van Pletzen took shows him asking Gupta if he would return to South Africa.
“The country’s looking for you,” Van Pletzen said.
Gupta, who shook Van Pletzen’s hand, replied that South African authorities had not yet given him “a reply”.
“The day they give a reply, I’ll go there,” Gupta responded.