The arrest of the Gupta brothers, which is widely reported to have occurred after the Phala Phala scandal became public knowledge, has dominated national discourse. Many people think this was done on purpose to shift attention away from the Phala Phala scandal and towards the arrest of the Gupta brothers.
After allegations surfaced that the Gupta brothers had captured the government of South Africa through then-president Jacob Zuma, we know that the country has been actively searching for the brothers ever since they fled the country in 2018. Since then, they have been the subject of a manhunt, and it was assumed that Interpol's red list included them, although this turned out to be false. Since this remark came from Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, it led some to believe that the Gupta brothers had been apprehended.
But now it has been made known by the Dubai police that the Gupta brothers have never been arrested because they have never been within the UAE's or Dubai's jurisdiction since February of 2020. After the news of the Gupta brothers' arrest had already spread and been covered by the media, this happened. As it turns out, the Dubai police never actually detained the Gupta brothers, therefore this was all a hoax all along.
The last remaining mystery concerns how Minister of Correctional Services Ronald Lamola managed to issue a statement verifying the boys' arrest while knowing full well that it was false.
It's possible that this whole thing was merely an attempt to keep people from talking about the Phala Phala incident. Now it's being said that the president doesn't want social media users to keep discussing the Phala Phala burglary because it's hindering police efforts to solve the case. However, before Ramaphosa took office, anyone could publicly express their opinions on any topic. Things are challenging right now because people can't say what they want to. Sphithiphithi Evaluator and his ilk were just arrested for their online musings, as we all observed.
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