Political furore grows over Gupta debacle

South Africa
Political parties have voiced their outrage at the Waterkloof Air Force Base being used to accept private guest at the Gupta family wedding happening in SA. eNCA
Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says he had a sleepless night, after learning that the Guptas used the Waterkloof Air Force base to receive their wedding guests. eNCA
Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei leaves at the end of a joint press conference on November 22, 2012, in Cairo Picture: AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Prominent South Africans took to social media to express outrage over the controversial Gupta family flying an entire wedding delegation into the military base in Waterkloof.

Congess of SA Trade Unions’s (Cosatu) spokesperson Zwelenzima Vavi said this was something unheard of in our 19 years of democracy.

“Some family with not a single scar to show for a struggle for democracy now using national key point for wedding. This is just a scandal,” he said.

Vavi said that heads would roll.

In a tweet he said he had sleepless nights.

Former Reserve Bank head, Tito Mboweni tweeted his outrage:

Meanwhile, the ANC took to twitter in outrage saying “the ANC waited patiently for the SANDF, the body delegated with authority over the Waterkloof Airforce Base, “To explain to the nation how these private individuals managed to land aircraft at Waterkloof.”

 

In a statement released by SANDU, it was made clear that finger pointing would continue without providing much of an answer as to who allowed the Gupta’s to land at the national key point.

The Defence Ministry said it was waiting for Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to return from Ethiopia in order for them to release an official statement.

There was no reaction from the presidency as spokesman Mac Maharaj was in Zimbabwe until an undisclosed time.

-eNCA

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