Michael Trapido
Michael Trapido

Guptagate : Guptas land without permission or fuel

Aakash Jahajgarhia (24) and his fiancée Vega Gupta (23) are set to tie the knot with a lavish wedding, over 4 days, at Sun City starting on May 2.

Vega is the niece of the three powerful Gupta brothers who own, inter alia, the New Age newspaper and Sahara computers.

Mazeltov to the couple, the family and their friends may you only know simchas and nachos … unlike the poor guests who landed at Waterkloof Air Base without permission and finally without any fuel.

Why?

Well anyone who knows anything about South African politics would be aware that nobody wants to make a decision, which they will admit to, and anything that even smells slightly fishy lands up in a commission of inquiry.

Is this in order to ensure that the public obtains a judgment which offers both clarification and sanctions?

No, this is to obfuscate the issue and drag it out until it’s so long forgotten that nobody cares whether there is a decision or not.

This, however, doesn’t mean that civil servants or other state employees would take a chance on being wrong about anything. Not unless they want to become a victim of the biggest growth industry in South Africa – commission of inquiries.

These even come with a handy manual to assist first time – “Thank you for choosing the Farlam commission of inquiry. We trust that you will enjoy many many wonderful years with us. As a helpful hint cross out the next four Olympics from your diary because chances are you’ll still be with us.”

So imagine the genius in the Waterkloof control tower when he got the call :

GA (Gupta Airbus): Waterkloof tower this is IPA432 an Airbus A330 carrying guests for the Gupta wedding with permission to land at your airport..
WC (Waterkloof Controller) : IPA432 hold, out.

After ten minutes:

GA : Waterkloof tower this is IPA432 …
WC : … I’m thinking …

After ten minutes:

WC : IPA432 who told you, you can land here?
GA : The Guptas say they have permission from your Presidency, minister of international relations and the SANDF.

After 20 minutes:

WC : IPA432 we’ve checked up and they all deny it, relocate to a private airfield.
GA : Are you insane man? This is an airbus there aren’t any private airfields equipped to land her! We are starting to run low on fuel, I’m bringing her down with or without your permission.

WC : Listen to me carefully IPA432 if you fly one kilometre closer I’m scrambling our Grippen and the mirage do you understand?
GA : You have Mirages?
WC : No we have one Grippen which is so poorly maintained that when it starts shaking it rattles so badly that it looks like there are two of them …the second one is actually a mirage on account of there only being one plane.

WC : Tower I’m afraid I have two choices – land or fall out of the sky, you pick one.
GA : Eish, okay land the plane while I submit the papers for the commission of inquiry.

* Just a note of caution. Whoever it was that gave permission has done so. The Gupta wedding reception are our guests treat them as such.

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    • Skerminkel

      “The Gupta wedding reception are our guests treat them as such.”
      Only the white people. The blacks should please disappear.

    • Johann C Brits

      * Just a note of caution. Whoever it was that gave permission has done so. The Gupta wedding reception are our guests treat them as such.
      Really, when did we invite them?
      We, the citizens of this country, never invited them and the majority of us don’t want them here!
      As for @Skerminkel’s comment – Stupid and racist

    • The Naked Worker

      I hope the whole Gupta family fly back to India with their wedding guests and not return. They are more trouble than they are worth.

    • Charlotte

      Jacob Zuma suddenly not being able to attend the Gupta wedding, is like a girl who’s family has no knowledge that she’s pregnant – and then suddenly sends her far away to have the baby.
      This way, she (or Zuma) can come back when the whole thing is blown over – or flown over … by which time, in his case, he can set up the necessary commission of enquiry which fulfils a dual purpose:
      a) It gives the government time to get on with their next stuff-up, criminal activity or
      unscrupulous overspending and extravagant opulence
      and
      b) it provides employment (as promised by the ANC) for the many people who will be required to sit on all the many future forthcoming commissions of enquiry.

      – and the cherry on top! …. the tax-payer pays for both! (see how you can kill 2 birds with one stone?)

    • bewilderbeast

      This made me laugh as much as I laughed when I first heard that our submarines were “up on bricks”: (thanks!)
      “No we have one Grippen which is so poorly maintained that when it starts shaking it rattles so badly that it looks like there are two of them …the second one is actually a mirage on account of there only being one plane.”

    • http://none Lyndall Beddy

      I agree that moving the plane once it has landed is a waste of time and an unnecessary embarrassment to all, just compounding the problem.

      200 people are in the country, obviously with permission to land, and should not all go back home with horror stories of even more incompetance.

    • Charlotte

      “Thank you for choosing the Farlam commission of inquiry. We trust that you will enjoy many many wonderful years with us” ….

      Zuma suddenly not being able to attend the Gupta wedding, is like a girl who’s family denies that she’s pregnant – and then suddenly sends her far away to have the baby.
      This way, she (or Zuma) can come back when the whole thing is blown over – or flown over … by which time, in his case, he can set up the necessary commission of inquiry which fills a dual purpose:
      a) It gives the government time to get on with their next stuff-up, criminal activity or
      unscrupulous overspending and extravagant opulence
      and
      b) it provides employment (as promised but never delivered) for the many people who will be required to sit on all the many future forthcoming commissions of inquiry.

      … and the cherry on top! the tax-payer pays for both! (see how to kill two birds with one stone?)

    • Enough Said

      If people are in the country without going through customs, should they not be arrested, tried, and sent back to their homeland under police escort whether they are wedding guests or not?

      We did not bring them here illegally, those who brought them here illegally must take the wrap.

    • Miss O

      To you that say that the Guptas didn’t wants black people at their wedding- you are much mistaken. There were a number of black guests at the wedding-just that the Guptas didn’t want to offend the Zumas by employing one of their own as servants. There weren’t any Indian servants either. Look at it this way- a lot of white people got a chance to make some money and some politically-connected black folk got to enjoy themselves. The Guptas got the attention that they so crave-and more importantly, the lovebirds got married so everyone is happy.

    • Sam Moshoeshoe

      well done media keep it up!

    • ConCision

      Flight from Gupta-Gate
      or
      Flight of the Bumbling Big-Wig
      or
      Travelling Light – Travelling fast
      ==========================
      Once there was going to be a fight
      Over the illegal landing
      Of the Gupta flight
      Jacob Zuma
      Took flight

      Even though he conveniently left
      It doesn’t make the debacle right

    • http://none Lyndall Beddy

      The Guptas bringing their own servants/drivers/masseurs/secretaries/nannies/guards is normal for all rich or connected people of every nation and race, and is often also a security measure against kidnapping or assassination.

    • Pig-dog

      @Miss O

      “Gupta guests want to be served by whites only, claims Cosatu North West
      Thursday, 02 May 2013 17:42

      EWN reports that guests attending the Gupta wedding have allegedly asked Sun International that only white people serve them, Cosatu in the North West said on Thursday. The trade union federation said wedding guests at Sun City asked for their rooms to be cleaned by white people and for white drivers to chauffer them around. The federation added that guests were being guarded by police. North West Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe said: “The Gupta people have made a public statement in Sun International that they don’t want to be served by African blacks. They want them [the hotel rooms] to be cleaned by white people. As Cosatu, we see that as racial attitude.”

      http://www.salabournews.co.za/index.php/component/content/article/70-labour-news/10734-gupta-guests-want-to-be-served-by-whites-only-claims-cosatu-north-west.html

    • http://none Lyndall Beddy

      It is also normal for rich and connected people to bring their own chefs and caterers. They know which guests have special food needs- either nutritional, medical, or religious.

    • http://none Lyndall Beddy

      I am very dubious that either Cosatu’s invasion of Cape Farms with Contract Seasonal Labour brought from across the border by Labour Brokers; or their Strike and demonstrations at Sun City have anything to do with Workers Interests at all.

      Zuma being pals with South African Indians, like the Shaiks and the Chettys, did not worry Cosatu at all did it?

    • Enough Said

      @Lyndall

      Are you saying the Gupta’s (being rich connected people) brought in white mostly Afrikaans people because they understood their special food, nutritional, medical and religious needs?

      City press reports:

      “The Gupta wedding party allegedly discriminated against resort staff.

      “[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.

      http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2013/05/05/assault-racism-claims-mar-gupta-wedding

    • Attilla the Hungry

      Michael

      One needs to ask the question: “Directors of the Tongaat Hulett Group were reportedly invited to the wedding, and went, but they too were informed they could land at Waterkloof” No foreign dignitaries there?

    • Mr. Direct

      Now are all the woolies boycott brigate members up in arms about this racially defined employment strategy? Are the people who laughed at the Woolies boycott laughing at this situation too?

      I (still) think employing people based on their race is very poor form. There is no excuse for that type of discrimination, none at all, and especially in this race sensitive country.

      Surely any visitor to this country is aware of it’s racial past, so insisting on specific races to serve is a pure insult to the good people of South Africa.

      These are guests we simply do not need visiting our country, I am sure we can find our tourism income elsewhere….

    • http://none Lyndall Beddy

      Enough Said

      No! My comments related only to their own staff that the Guptas brought with them.

      But I would also take with a pinch of salt anything the resort staff say. Everyone likes their “5 minutes of fame” on TV and people are not above embellishing facts. The amount of rubbish, that I know to be inaccurate, that I have heard on radio from “Workers”, Cosatu spokespeople, and NGOs, on other subjects makes me very sceptical.

    • Charlotte

      From Andrew Donaldson’s column in the Cape Argus comes this observation:
      “The upside with this Gupta business ….. is that there hasn’t been a display of such national unity since maybe Siphiwe Tshabalala’s opening goal in the first game of the 2010 World Cup ….
      Yes, united in outrage, the condemnation has come from all corners of civil society. The trade unions, the ANC, the DA, the communists, the far right, the Boy Scouts, the cake sales ladies at the church, the abalone poachers around the corner here … all pretty much annoyed at what they regard as wholesale misuse of state property and personnel for a family wedding party at Sun City.”

      The ANC as well? Then that begs the question: Will anyone in the ANC be ‘owning up’ – and who in the ANC will be ‘covering up’?

      Remember: Tell me who your friends are – and I’ll tell you who you are” …. er
      … Schabier Schaik … the Guptas … your ex song-and-dance partner, Julius Malema ….?’

    • Charlotte

      … I forgot to include a few police commissionersof the likes of Jackie Selebi – who also got a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass.

    • Sterling Ferguson

      @Enough Said, in Guyana, a country in South America, the Indians and blacks hate each others. The big myth in SA is because Indians are blacks for the most part that they are one of you. The Indians will deal with blacks Africans out of economic necessities, but these people don’t considered themselves the same as black Africans.The Indians have a different culture than black Africans and don’t see the world like black Africans. The Indians for the most part are traders in South Africa and east Africa. These people controlled most of the small and medium size business in these countries. The Indians are able to do this by coming together and pooling their money together to start businesses. These people are able to use their influence in the government by bribing the leaders in the ruling power in Africa.

      Somebody mentions that there were blacks at the wedding, these are what one will call token blacks in the US. The same way blacks are put on boards with no voting power as a window dressing.

    • Sterling Ferguson

      @Enough Said, since you are a man that like reference, there is a book called “Worlds on Fire” by Amy Chau. She teaches law at Yale University, and her family is Chineses. In this book she writes about how various ethic groups are controlling the markets around the world. For example, she claims that ninety percent of the billionaires in Russia are jews, west Africa the markets are controlled by Lebanese and Ibos, in Brazil the Lebanese control the market in that country and in Mexico. In East Africa and Southern Africa the Indians and Arabs controlled the market in these countries. These various ethic groups used their influence to bribe the governments in these countries.