Home affairs processes Gupta guests

2013-05-03 19:55

Johannesburg - The wedding guests who arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base earlier this week on a Gupta family-chartered jet have been processed through immigration, the department of home affairs said on Friday.

"To ensure full compliance with immigration law, upon departure of those visitors who attended the wedding at Sun City and were scheduled to leave today [Friday], we have processed 207 passengers and 12 crew members," spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

He said the department ensured that the number of passengers who alighted at the air force base in Pretoria coincided with the number of visitors who were scheduled to depart from India on Friday.

The guests were leaving from OR Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

The SABC reported that guests and the bride and groom have boarded their chartered aircraft, but the departure had been delayed for as-yet unknown reasons.

A section of the parking lot on the outside terminals of the OR Tambo had been cordoned off ahead of the arrival of vehicles transporting guests who attended the wedding, the report said.

The jet, chartered by the wealthy and politically connected Gupta family, landed at the Waterkloof - a national key point - on Tuesday.

It was carrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aakash 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.

Investigations are underway into the landing of the jet at Waterkloof.

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