Gupta guests delayed at airport

2013-05-04 10:54
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Johannesburg - Over 200 overseas guests who attended the Gupta wedding were delayed at the OR Tambo International Airport for almost six hours, before they could depart, according to a report on Saturday.

Friday's delay was as a result of thorough security checks, the Saturday Star reported.

Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa was quoted as saying his department was responsible for the delay.

"In line with [government's] commitment to ensure compliance with immigration laws, upon departure... for India... we have processed 207 passengers and 12 crew members through our immigration section," Mamoepa said.

"Part of this was to ensure that the number of those who alighted at the Waterkloof Air Force Base tallied with the number of passengers scheduled to depart today [Friday]. That's what caused the delay. The jet chartered by the wealthy and politically-connected Gupta family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base - a national key point - on Tuesday.

It was carrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aaskash Jahajgarhia at Sun City, North West.

The Gupta's own The New Age newspaper and Sahara Computers.

The jet was moved off the base on Thursday afternoon, amid widespread criticism.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that five high ranking officials and military personnel had been suspended over the unauthorised landing.

- SAPA
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