Guptas deny robbery

The Gupta family denied there was a robbery at their family home in Houghton, northern Joburg, but Gauteng police insisted it did happen.

“The Sowetan today reported a house robbery at a family home of the Guptas in Houghton. The report is erroneous,” Gupta family spokesperson Gary Naidoo said today in an email to Sapa.

“The family can categorically state that none of their properties were robbed.”

However, Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini insisted the newspaper report was correct.

“I am not going to say anything against what they are saying, but there was a robbery at the property that belonged to the Guptas in Houghton.

“We have arrested a domestic worker. She will be appearing in court tomorrow.”

The worker was arrested in Benoni yesterday, Dlamini said.

“The domestic worker was found in possession of some of the stolen goods,” Dlamini said.

She had disappeared shortly after three men in two vehicles robbed the house earlier in the day.

Apparently, the men overpowered a gardener at noon and stole money, household goods, and jewellery.

It was not immediately clear which of the Guptas owned the house.

The domestic worker would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Police were searching for the men.

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