Zuma to be guest of honour at the Gupta wedding, Beeld reports

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It has been reported that despite denial, Zuma will be the guest of honour at the Gupta wedding on Thursday and could possibly arrive in a helicopter marked "UN". Picture:

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is set to be the guest of honour at the Gupta wedding, Beeld reported on Thusday.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj had previously said that Zuma did not have the Gupta wedding scheduled in his public diary. Maharaj said he was unable to comment on whether the President or any other South African government ministers would be attending the wedding. 

The newspaper quotes a "reliable source" saying Zuma would be flown to the Gupta wedding at Sun City after 2pm before he departs for the DRC for government negotiations.

Two Oryx helicopters from 17 Squadron at the Swartkops Air Force Base have apparently been prepared for Zuma, the newspaper report stated.

It is alleged one of the helicopters would be for VIP seats for Zuma and his party, while the second Oryx is for his bodyguards and their equipment.

Beeld said because of the squadron's reduced flying hours due to budget constraints, a white United Nations (UN) helicopter used for operations in the DRC was called in.

There's speculation that Zuma could arrive at the wedding in a white helicopter marked "UN".

Amid more speculation that the President may have his plans changed due to the widespread criticism of the Gupta's private use of the air base, Maharaj could only confirm that Zuma would be expected in the DRC on Thursday. The President and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane would attend a meeting about the Central African Republic in the Congo.

"[The President] will undertake a working visit to the Republic of Congo to attend the contact group meeting on the Central African Republic (CAR), scheduled for May 3," said Clayson Monyela, spokesman for the International Relations department.

South African government departments continued to point fingers, with neither the South African Revenue Service (SARS) nor the military claiming responsibility for the fiasco, and the ANC and Cosatu strongly condemning it.

Police referred all inquiries to the government's communication service (GCIS).

Phumla Williams, acting head of GCIS, simply said: "I have no information."

 

 

 

 

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