The Gupta family believes the police can no longer protect them from furious protesters and are now keeping an armoured military vehicle on their property in case they need a quick escape, according to a report by the City Press.
This statement follows an urgent application made by the controversial family to the Pretoria High Court on Saturday, 8 April in an effort to ban all further protests outside their residence in Saxonwold , Johannesburg.
The Gupta family lawyer, Gert van der Merwe, informed the court that documents inviting protesters to gather outside the “Saxonwold shebeen” with the Gupta’s home address attached were being circulated, and that over 800 picketers were forcibly dispersed with stun grenades on Friday.
Van der Merwe said that the complex was currently occupied by 21 family members, including a 15-day-old baby and that the family were reportedly fearing for their lives. The family argued that its right to privacy was being infringed and reaffirmed it had no part in the alleged state-capture.
However the Gupta family may face legal action of its own due to the armoured vehicle parked outside the family’s residence. It is currently illegal to privately own an armoured vehicle in South Africa, even for safety purposes.
While the make and manufacturing details of the vehicle are currently unknown, the City Press indicates that it is likely to be a prototype of the Griffin armoured vehicle built in Boksburg by Scipio Technologies, a company registered with the national conventional arms control committee.