Many South Africans are alleging that the rich controversial Gupta family have captured the state.
Here is the luxurious Dubai mansion the Gupta brothers bought for President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lives next door in an exclusive gated estate.
Pres. Zuma’s home is located at Villa L35 on Lailak Street in Emirates Hills.
The area is the most expensive postal code in the city so flashy that the police drive Bugattis.
The magnificent home comes with 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a double grand staircase, nine reception rooms and space for 11 cars. The top-of-the-range fittings feature an excess of marble, mosaic and gold.
Also the house boasts indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art gyms, jacuzzis and sky bars and restaurants where patrons can take in spectacular views of the city.
The sparkling pool fringed with palm trees is larger than the “fire pool” at Zuma’s Nkandla compound.
President Mugabe also owns a property near President Zuma’s Dubai home.
Although Mugabe’s Dubai home is less luxurious than the Zuma palace. It features 10 bedrooms.
According to Sunday Times, The Guptas bought Zuma a R330-million retirement home in the upmarket suburb of Emirates Hills in 2015, the same year that Duduzane Zuma bought an apartment for R18-million in the Burj Khalifa.
Leaked e-mails show Tony Gupta negotiated to acquire Villa L35 for Zuma with Lebanese businessman Adib Hassan Ataya in July 2015.
In 2015 Mugabe’s wife Grace bought a house in the same neighbourhood for R130-million.
The Zim first lady had previously been renting the property for R500,000 a month and regularly stayed there with her son.
Mugabe’s mansion – Villa J11 on Julnar 2 Street – is down the road from Villa L35 on Lailak Street.
Privacy, security, secrecy and discretion are the watchwords at Emirates Hills.
The estate is surrounded by high walls and fences, access is strictly controlled and surveillance cameras track visitors.