Johannesburg - The residences of the Gupta family in Saxonwold remained heavily guarded on Sunday - even though there were reports that they have left South Africa.
The City Press reported that brothers Atul and Ajay Gupta left for Dubai last week from Lanseria Airport in their luxurious private jet, carrying a mountain of suitcases together with the wife of one of their brothers and five assistants.
"The whole family is in the process of leaving," family spokesman Nazeem Howa told the City Press weekly.
On Friday, Atul and Ajay resigned all their directorships. So did their business associate President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma.
This comes after four South African major banks, First National Bank, Absa, Standard Bank and Nedbank dropped Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources.
Absa’s decision to drop Oakbay Resources was taken in December last year, but only communicated in April 2016.
"It is with deep regret that, following a period of sustained political attack on the Gupta family and our businesses... we have come to the conclusion that it is time for the Gupta family to step down from all executive and non-executive positions," said a statement released on Friday, which was signed by Howa, Oakbay's chief executive.
"This follows the unexplained decisions by several of our banking partners and our auditors to cease working with us, and the continued press coverage of false allegations."