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Bad conduct mars Gupta wedding

2013-05-05 14:34

Johannesburg - Allegations of sexual assault, racism and flouting of government regulations have marred the Guptas' lavish wedding in Sun City, it was reported on Sunday.

According to City Press a male wedding guest allegedly assaulted a masseuse in his Cascades hotel room.

"I heard from one of the masseurs that the lady had been harassed during the massage," Cascades spokesperson Lydia Mohlakane told the paper.

The newspaper spoke to another employee who said the traumatised woman claimed the man started touching her.

Atul Gupta said in a statement on Saturday said they were "hugely upset" by the matter.

"The family was unaware of the alleged incident until they were briefed on Friday...We take matters of this nature very seriously," he said.

The Gupta wedding party allegedly discriminated against resort staff.

Told to wash first

"[A] Gupta security [officer] told waiters... they would bring the waiters towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste [to use before they served guests]," Koki Khojane, a resort employee, was quoted as saying.

"This blatantly means that black people smell and the Gupta guests would not be served by smelly black people."

City Press reported that most of the bodyguards and butlers at the wedding were white and Afrikaans speaking.

The Guptas denied the allegations.

"The allegations of racism regarding the staff are definitely untrue... The issue of bodyguards and toothbrushes, etc, is rejected with the contempt it deserves," the Guptas said.

"The family would like to issue a general apology to all affected, including South African and Indian governments, the local authorities, the South African public and especially our guests.

"We also regret any incidents at the Sun City venue," the statement from the Gupta family read.

Havoc

Kitchen staff at the resort told the City Press that the chefs the Guptas brought in from India and Bangladesh caused havoc.

One chef, who did not want to be named, said the Gupta's chefs separated their side of the kitchen from that of the other chefs by placing a stove in the middle of a walkway.

"I asked why we were separated as chefs. I didn't get a response," he was quoted as saying.

He said he saw one of the Gupta chefs washing his face in a kitchen sink, that some food was placed on the floor, while other staff coughed over it.

"One of the chefs went to management to report all this, but management did nothing about it. Instead we were left with a huge mess."

The Guptas denied these allegations.

A chartered Gupta family jet made an unauthorised landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, a national key point, on Tuesday. It was carrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Aakash Jahajgarhia.

Criticism

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

The City Press reported that a second Gupta jet landed there on Tuesday.

Several police officers allegedly formed a convoy of private vehicles illegally fitted with blue lights, sirens and illegal number plates, to escort the Gupta wedding party from Waterkloof to Sun City.

Nine officers were arrested. City Press reported that more people could be arrested in the coming week.

The officers allegedly carried their service weapons while performing private duties, in contravention of the Firearms Control Act.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that five high-ranking officials and military staff were suspended over the unauthorised landing. Government investigations were underway.

Several Indian politicians, five South African Cabinet members, President Jacob Zuma's wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, his son Duduzane, and his nephew Khulubuse, were among the wedding guests.

The politically-connected Guptas own The New Age newspaper and Sahara Computers, along with several other businesses.

Comments
  • ISO - 2013-05-05 14:39

    Must of been some party, hey! Nice, tjommies JZ.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-05-05 14:52

      Oi, the circus just gets more and more sideshows. Now all we need to hear is that Zipper attended in disguise... as a fountain.

      Foodfor Thought - 2013-05-05 15:02

      My question is: "How would the ANC have reacted and handled this situation if the Gupta family was white???????????????????????????"

      frederik - 2013-05-05 15:31

      if they were white their as*** would have been in Jail and charged with terrorism!!!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-05-05 15:34

      Neah he attended as a spear

      Derek Francois - 2013-05-05 15:36

      As long as Zuma and his family is in their pocket - no problem you can have the keys to the state.................but his national keypoint super kraal including the tuckshop is off-limits..........................

      Pierre Nortje - 2013-05-05 16:59

      Expell these rats from SA http://www.petitions24.com/expel_the_guptas

      Vishal Maharaj - 2013-05-05 17:16

      nice to see the people of sa united against this corrupt family. Good riddance to the guests would have been nice if the guptas could have joined with them though – but happy that the leeches are back in india oppressing the poor.

      fransvisserdsb - 2013-05-06 08:20

      If accepting donations from individuals or companies was corrupt per se, every political party in the worldwould be corrupt. The fact that the DA accepted money from the Goptas does not make them corrupt. The fact that they refused to accept money from him when it became apparent that the Guptas are tainted is commendable.

      Nic Nomicos - 2013-05-06 09:25

      ...he attended as Zumatello the ninja turtle....

      Franklyn Davies - 2013-05-06 09:33

      love the irony of these guys making news,headlines a bit thin on the ground.

      Revelgen - 2013-05-06 10:48

      Yep, this just proves that maoney cannot buy class. The perfect tjommies for Tumour, head of the cANCer....

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-05-06 11:42

      Circus!

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-05 14:45

    Why was this guest not arrested for questioning?

      Vinny Max - 2013-05-05 15:05

      Don't expect to see anyone of the Guptas arrested. They have the entire government and every department in their hands. The only way to get rid of this total control over SA is for the public to demonstrate in huge numbers and demand that they be expelled back to India and that Zuma resign as President, because it is Zuma and his family that has allowed this foreign frankenstein to grow. Impeach Zuma now!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-05-05 16:26

      They are the government

      Sticky Toffee - 2013-05-06 08:48

      The guests did nothing wrong Nurse Helenk...unless you upset you never got an invite to the wedding?

      Revelgen - 2013-05-06 10:50

      There's no way Nurse Helenk would have accepted an invitation to such a tacky affair, Sticky Toffee. More your kind of level obviously.

      Bon Bon - 2013-05-06 15:50

      Also why was their plane not impounded / arrested. In Cape Town we have a ship that has been sitting outside the harbour for almost a year now. The ship and crew have been arrested because their permints and papers are not in order. Crew have not been allowed to leave the ship for almost one year. That's how we rock in Cape Town.

  • JudithNkwe - 2013-05-05 14:47

    Lousy computers and lousy managers

      Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-05 16:01

      You haven't felt even a twinge of the Indo/Chinese attitudes to Africans yet! AMANDLA & some Bayete with some shreds of 'msini'wam douched among it all in the dust!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-05-05 18:01

      And a really, really crap newspaper.

      Disillusioned Sa - 2013-05-06 17:11

      @ Tersia Louw - you read that paper? What were the headlines, since everything else was Gupta this and Gupta that?

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2013-05-05 14:47

    Indeed the fias.. I mean wedding of the century.I'm not suprised to hear that Fat Khulubuse was amongst the guest he most probably had his own table.

      Brian O Cinneide - 2013-05-05 16:12

      certainly his own chair.

      HeyJoe - 2013-05-05 20:53

      @Brian, not his own chair...his own couch!

  • Lindokuhle Masikane - 2013-05-05 14:49

    I think this havoc they have created should qualify them for deportation

      SharonE - 2013-05-05 15:11

      I think we can truly call this the wedding of the century For all the wrong reasons!

  • Vinny Max - 2013-05-05 14:50

    Here is a link to their web of businesses and people they have in their pockets:www.scribd.com/doc/139450944/The-Gupta-Empire

  • BatongaBoro - 2013-05-05 14:50

    i am not particularly interested in this Gupta lot but i am rather concerned that the name of Sun City is being dragged through their mud. Sun City is about the last place in South Africa one can get some sort of decent standard of service (just); what a shame they are now being tarnished.

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2013-05-06 09:36

      I am with you on that. I have stayed at the Palace of the Lost City and experienced what I would call 6 Star service. The staff would fit in to any of the resorts or hotels I have stayed in around the world! I just wonder how deep the resentment of the Gupta's goes with our general population?

      Disillusioned Sa - 2013-05-06 17:12

      Nice way of looking at it!

  • George Wood - 2013-05-05 14:54

    Well just goes to show that money doesn't buy class!

      George Wood - 2013-05-06 13:02

      LOL, apparently 3 people do believe money buys you class! No it really doesn't!

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-05-05 14:54

    It's costing more to clean up this wedding than it cost to have.

  • Rendani Luvhengo - 2013-05-05 14:56

    Oh! De was harasment too? tjo what a weding.....

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-05 14:57

    Mr President do the right thing and lead by example and resign if u love and care for this country. Under u leadership their lot of scandals, and failed to govern.

      Joe Smit - 2013-05-05 15:06

      Give the guy a break. We all know he is a BEEEEEE appointment.

      fransvisserdsb - 2013-05-06 08:24

      Anthony Micheal - you are probably an employee of the ANC who surfs the internet and social media in order to spin things in favour of the ANC. So MS Ramphele became rich through BEE deals. And this is different from ANC heavyweights like Ramaphosa, Sexwale? What is of concern is the family ties one family has with the Zuma family - how many Gupta families have a Zuma on board in some way or another? You are so good with research - spin us that story...

  • Mike Suter - 2013-05-05 15:00

    If only half of this story is true . Its shocking ....

  • Riaan Mostert - 2013-05-05 15:01

    OMG. What a banana republic and circus this country turned into.

  • Zahir - 2013-05-05 15:01

    The anc and zuma sold SA to the guptas their new bosses

      Vishal Maharaj - 2013-05-05 17:17

      so true

  • Lenox Ntlantsana - 2013-05-05 15:02

    Low dirty shame!

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-05-05 15:02

    Indians rape and torture their own woman on buses in their country so are we not to believe that what was done at Sun City is not true. Wouldn't put it pass the wedding guests to do this. Now these people say that most of the butlers an body guards were white and Afrikaans speaking. By saying this are they trying to put the focus on some other people so that we can think it is racism?

      Rahil Jularr - 2013-05-05 15:57

      Your English is appalling. Firstly, it is women when you are referring to the plural. Secondly, it is wouldn't put it past, not pass. Thirdly, and is a conjunction, not an.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-05-05 18:05

      Indians rape and torture their own women? Really, Roy? We, of course, treat our women only with respect and love. Get over yourself, we are living in a glass house where the treatment of women is concerned.

      Disillusioned Sa - 2013-05-06 17:15

      @ Rahill and Tersia - I think he was getting cross about the thing being turned and the Guptas being angels and their damn white Afrikaans body guards being at fault. don't worry - no amount of spin can turn this debacle!

  • Brett Macdonald - 2013-05-05 15:03

    People are clearly missing the point here. Politicians are running around looking for the individual who gave permission to the Gupta plane to land at a National Key Point, the Waterkloof Airforce Base. But in reality, even if nobody gave such permission, we have no air force to have stopped that plane anyway. We only have 6 frontline fighter pilots, which does not even constitute an air defense capability. That does not make it possible to have fighter jets on permanent standby to intercept any incoming plane, even if it was full of terrorists, rather than jolly Guptas. Our ANC government has failed in it's duty to protect our citizens by allowing our air force to erode to this level whereby we have no real counter-measures to protect our citizens. That is the real threat to National Security. Instead they want to pass this Info Bill as though that is somehow going to protect us? We need to address the real problem here: The ANC government has left us with no defense capability!

      Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-05 15:57

      Just ONE more signature and the POSIB would be enacted and not a single murmur of any of this would have come to light! AMANDLA SECRECY BILL, just a week too late because of these irritable indians jumping the gun and risking so many of our deals and contracts.

      Linda Capon Kruger - 2013-05-05 16:08

      Brett, they know exactly who gave permission for the jet to land. More like running around looking for someone to blame. Why are these guys not in jail? They have compromised national security. (whatever that is)

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-05-05 16:29

      We will never know. The various ministries have 7 days to prepare their back-story and falsify documents. Whichever way you look at this, we've been betrayed by our own govt.

  • Wane Thek - 2013-05-05 15:03

    It seems that South African black people are regarded as "untouchables" or Dalit with regard to Indias thriving caste system, The untouchables clean the toilets and live in holes and are treated as sub-human. There are about 160 million of them in India. In South Africa the solution to the Dalit problem is to get the "untouchables" to have a bath, clean their teeth. Hitler had similar views to certain ethnic and population groups.

  • Riaan Mostert - 2013-05-05 15:04

    OMG. What a banana republic and circus this country turned into.

      Lynn Comley-White - 2013-05-05 16:29

      Except , Riaan, a circus is a well-run organisation and business!

  • Uhone Tshifularo - 2013-05-05 15:05

    If i never hear of the Guptas it will be too soon. Unfortunately i know i wont have that much luck. Their stories are starting to irritate me to no end. Doesn't South Africa have other stories?I really wont mind being told about a fly that passed by.

      Joe Smit - 2013-05-05 15:14

      Fly died. Nothing left to discuss!

      Abby Rofunwa Nepfumbada - 2013-05-05 15:26

      Couldn't agree with you more. Every hour there is a Gupta story being published.Enough already

      Lentokazi YakwaManzini KoSengwayo - 2013-05-05 17:54

      @Joe Smit...I'm laughing for DAYS!!! Lol!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-05-05 18:07

      Uhone, Abby - are you saying we should just let this go?

      June Francis - 2013-05-06 11:27

      Uhone - don't you like reading about how your country is being sold to the highest bidder. Do something aout it next time you vote.

  • Gaurav Pradhan - 2013-05-05 15:06

    I am an Indian and I must say that this is the ultimate vulgar display of Money and Power which clearly proves how corruption take place. The bunch os corrupt politicians gave the entire country in their dirty hand. How GUPTAS became so rich need to be investigated. They don't have any world class product but the junk yard computers which no one buy except Government for 10 times cost. This is all greasing politicians hand.

      Joe Smit - 2013-05-05 15:20

      Any different to Khulubuse and his mine?

      Abby Rofunwa Nepfumbada - 2013-05-05 15:27

      Well said Gaurav

      Vishal Maharaj - 2013-05-05 17:19

      so true

  • CitizenOfSA - 2013-05-05 15:09

    To please their guests, the next Gupta 1-year reunion will be held at a B&B in Oranje! So watch the skies in the NC a year from now...it's a bird it's a plane, nope just Gupta Airlines!

  • Ian Swart - 2013-05-05 15:10

    Klomp kinders!

  • mantlekilo - 2013-05-05 15:17

    No amount of money can buy you class and the Gupta's true colors have come shining through. They are elitist racists who consider themselves above conforming to rules an regualtions. Boycott anything Gupta, cancel any orders you have for Sahara Computers.....this is the only way that these untouchables and their muppets in our and their government will get to understand the power that we the people have. This disrespect for our homeland must be censured quickly and effectively.

  • Themba Majawonke Ntuli - 2013-05-05 15:17

    feel sorry for the cops who escorted them and other officials involved, they just followed orders from the top, now they are the scapegoats. see how bad decisions from high offices get blamed on the lower officials

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-05 15:29

    The gupta's just showed us what south africa has really become. A circus full of clowns led by the inconspicious ringmaster. Racism, yes white was preferred for reasons we all know and so do the gupta's but now they are in the hot water because they were meant to pick black then no racism, you see. Dont worry by the end of the week it will be all sorted, the gupta's will be rewarded with contracts to make up for the inconvenience and those poor scape goats are going to go on early retirement with a little more pension than they anticipated and they will do an inhouse investigation and nothing will happen and eventually it will be swept under the carpet. When the dust is settled, the gupta/Zuma relationship will continue because now the gupta's will have to pay a reward for tenders and for not being exposed some or other zuma with a their begging bowl be at the door.

  • Heinrich Swart - 2013-05-05 15:30

    Did the chefs from India have work permits to just come and work in South-Africa?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-05-05 18:10

      Good question, Heinrich; any answers out there, people?

  • patrickh - 2013-05-05 15:32

    somebody has sold our SA's soul..........wtf

  • James Hunt - 2013-05-05 15:33

    70 Mil is the guess of the cost of this wedding. How many houses for the poor could this build? How many hungry kids could this feed. It is an absolute disgrace that some people have money to burn and do very little to help the poor. But, I suppose it is the example set by our marvelous government as squandering money on opulence seems to be the favourite pass time.

  • Anne Myers - 2013-05-05 15:34

    How does the old saying go? Money can buy you an education but not wisdom, it can buy you medicine but not health ... and this sad saga just proves that money can buy you a entry into a military base, a top hotel and some police but it really cannot buy you dignity, grace or class. What a pity this happened ... I feel sorry for those very classy and dignified South African Indians to be so embarrassed by these unspeakably vulgar people.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-05-05 15:34

    After reading about all the shenanigans that went on before and during this wedding I am convinced once again that money can't buy class.

  • Abby Rofunwa Nepfumbada - 2013-05-05 15:35

    It looks like the media will chew the Gupta stories to the bone,enough already. Its 1 scandal after another.Unfortunately no matter how bad the publicity is it wont affect them,we know no 1 buys the Sahara and TNA brands anyway. They are getting rich from South Africans indirectly, whatever strategy they are using it looks like its working for them. Guptas, don't you want to go back to India and help your country with job creation, promise we wont be sad to see u leave.

      DerekMain - 2013-05-05 19:33

      Spot on - they should be deported!

  • Graham Radburnd - 2013-05-05 15:37

    Sun International will certainly not comment on any of this. They must of made an absolute fortune from the "Gupta Week".

  • George Kay - 2013-05-05 15:38

    Atul Gupta listen we are not stupid cos we know that the company you jointly own with Jacob Zuma's son JIC Mining Services is treating black employees like slaves and you management committee is lilly white! We know ur stance against black ppl so please don't provoke our anger further damn it!

  • TomAndrias - 2013-05-05 15:41

    I tried to be considered toward the Gupta family and all but surely all these allegations can't be false? It is people like this that cause wealthy individuals to be stereotyped as they are ...

  • Adil Smit - 2013-05-05 15:44

    So someone accused of sexual assault was allowed to leave the country????

      Titus Chauke - 2013-05-05 16:00

      this is really laughable that criminals with money are held in high esteem ,that is why they have the president in their corner.

      Dickson Kgabo - 2013-05-07 21:11

      Good question Adil,I suppose in a corrupt country like ,yes you don't get charged for sexual harrasment.mxm

  • Syphor Zit - 2013-05-05 15:44

    Looks like we get told piece by piece about these people. Which drugs did they bring in??

      Ennia Mikateko Chauke - 2013-05-05 23:33

      i believe the jet was not only caring people it was even caring drugs that is why it landed in water kloof to avoid customs in OR tambo

  • Peter Molotsi - 2013-05-05 15:45

    Wedding of the year at the expence of our country's dignity...

  • Daniel Nunes - 2013-05-05 15:45

    Believe me when i say, white people arent nearly the most racist people on the planet!

      Waseem Carrim - 2013-05-05 16:20

      Because racist people are racist - maybe its not to be generalized against a race.

  • George Kay - 2013-05-05 15:45

    Look Guptas, we know very well that at the company u co own with JZ's son JIC Mining Services, black employees are treated like slaves. It is therefore not a suprise that the same treatment is in practice at sun city.

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-05-05 15:47

    Gupta's take your crap computers out of the country and so also your "the New Age" newspaper because this is the New Age South Africa where we will not tolerate your type. You were not good enough in your country so now you want to try your crap here. Damn bloody cheek to have a second plane land at Waterkloof. Who gave you permission this time?

      Bonga Mkhize - 2013-05-05 15:58

      Of cause

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-05-05 15:52

    What do you call a plane that can land anywhere? Heligupta

      Nic Nomicos - 2013-05-06 09:05

      Love it....

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-05-05 15:55

    Spoilt brats! Go get them Sars I know somewhere there's tax evasion.

  • Marshall Paton - 2013-05-05 15:56

    In their drive to gain wealth by whatever means the ANC bought the arrogance of the Guptas that they now think that South Africa is their play ground with seesaw an sliding board and jungle gym.

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-05-05 15:58

    To all involved in this calamity, u r ignorant and sinful!!!!!!!!take that,u obviously don't Believe SQWAT.its easy to follow the low road,and good discipine is too much to bear!!!!!ask JESUS for direction!!!!!

  • David Emslie - 2013-05-05 15:59

    @ Anthony... so you suggesting R200k buys the DA, or should a party refuse donations.. if it does buy a party then it is a pretty good investment, cheaper than buying a house.. should rather do that then suggest i use a government house.. oh yes.. the DA donation means nothing among all of this... so nice attempt at bringing the DA into be on the same level as a clearly corrupt ANC.. Perhaps Newlands cricket is also corrupted since they are Sahara (Gupta) park.. or is that also a silly point.

  • Brian O Cinneide - 2013-05-05 16:08

    The strange thing is that every time Mandela gets out of bed it makes the overseasnewspapers. Not a word about the Gupta carry-on.

      Disillusioned Sa - 2013-05-06 17:20

      Think it has reached Sky news now...

  • Pierre Jonker - 2013-05-05 16:22

    But But But ......the Prez said they could! What is the problem?

  • Timetofly V Valkyrie - 2013-05-05 16:27

    propaganda at best, bit over the top wus24 to be true but trust the gullies below and above to believe in it. Wont be suprised at all if a DA member is behind all this tales...

      WildCatSal - 2013-05-05 23:46

      Don't talk cr@p! Time for you to go fly a kite and wake up.. Eish!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-06 09:40

      Timetofly V Valkyrie. Try again when you are sober.

  • Ami Mzazi - 2013-05-05 16:54

    This is really sad and to think that the ANC decided last year that we deserve that Jacob Zuma character for another 4 years is even more unsettling.

      Amanda Matthews - 2013-05-05 17:38

      Ami it is a sad fact unfortunately that Mr. Gupta was there at Mangaung in December with his fat cheque book ready to pay off anyone from the ANC who opposed J.Z. I really do wonder if those ANC delegates who considered not electing J.Z. are not truly regretting the fatal mistake of re electing him for another term considering all the damamge he has done to this Country since since Mangaung.