Goodbye, Heligupta

2013-05-07 11:14

So the Guptas’ wedding guests have got into their Heligupta – that’s a plane that can land anywhere, even on a national key point – and jogged on back to India.

I’m glad. From everything I’ve read – except in The New Age, of course – they don’t seem to have been a very nice lot. At all.

What with the harassment of a masseuse by one of the guests. And the racism. And the blue light convoys. And the general disregard for all things South African. Oh yeah, and invading Waterkloof air base and getting all kinds of people fired.

That was quite a stunt.

Cleary Atul and the boys thought that use of military air bases was a fringe benefit that comes with having the Commander in Chief on their speed dial. And his son. And a whole flock of Cabinet ministers. That’s what happens when you think you own the whole shebang from Numero Uno downwards.

They were, fortunately for us, very wrong. It was rather pleasing to see so many ministers ducking the wedding. And putting the boot into the figurative Gupta riblets. Jeff Radebe was a particularly fine sight hammering away at last week’s briefing.

It was far less cool to see government ministers like Malusi Gibaga still turning up for the wedding. That sends a really intelligent message to the public. I can understand the Grumpy Chief from Mahlabathini going. He doesn’t get out much these days. At least the Guptas didn’t mistake him for Ray Charles like the Poms did.

Fining Guptas and making their guests queue at OR Tambo on the way home is not enough. Fine, the CiC has appointed another of his famous commissions. He does a lot of that.

And there’s the police investigation into the dodgy blue lights and so on. And the suspension of some foreign affairs muppet.

It is very hard to believe that some bureaucrat sat down with Atul and dreamt up this scheme with no political backing. Nobody is that stupid. There had to be some political go-ahead whispered into an ear somewhere.

Why else would a career diplomat put everything that he’s worked and studied for at risk? For a plate of breyani and sojee? Methinks not.

That’s what we need. Real answers. Not seeing a couple of fall guys taking one for the team.

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