Guptas reject racism claims at wedding

2013-05-03 08:26
Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia pose after the first pre-wedding ceremonies. (@MaridaFitz, Twitter)

Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia pose after the first pre-wedding ceremonies. (@MaridaFitz, Twitter)

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Pretoria - The Gupta family have rejected claims of racism after reports stated that only white workers were hired to serve guests at a massive wedding in Sun City.

According to Cosatu’s North West spokesperson Solly Phetoe, only white drivers, white massage therapists and white staff were allowed to serve guests at the controversial Gupta wedding, Beeld reported.

But Gupta family spokesperson Haranath Ghosh rejected the racism claims and said guests were cosmopolitan and multiracial.

Phetoe on Thursday confirmed that the organisation had received many complaints about wedding guests who didn't want to be served by black people and who had insisted on being served by white people.

The drivers of the cars in which the wedding guests were transported to Sun City were all white.

White women who had not worked at spas in Sun City for over five years, had been asked to return for a week, said one woman.

"It is very strange to me. They haven't worked here for some time but now they've been asked to come back," said the woman who wasn't identified.

Phetoe said: "They wanted white people to clean their rooms and even only white people to drive their cars."

Another Cosatu leader confirmed that complaints had been received.

There were also allegations that Sun City employees were treated with racism.

The Guptas apparently brought their own chefs, cleaners and chauffeurs.  

"It looks to me like if you have money, you can treat people as you like. These people are so manipulative. They pretend to like black people and they use the president for what they can get out of SA," said Cosatu leader Koki Khojane.

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