Guptagate: Wealthy people do as they please

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Sthembiso Msomi and Philip De Wet were speakinh to Justice Malala on eNCAs Justice Factor.

In response to the Guptagate debacle, local media have noted that it seems that rich people are allowed to do as they please in South Africa.

Earlier last week the Guptas caused a stir and tested the citizenry&39;s tolerance for the wealthy when they landed a chartered flight at Waterkloof Air Force Base, a national keypoint, without proper authorisation.

Sthembiso Msomi of the Sunday Times, speaking to Justice Malala on eNCA’s Justice Factor, said that in this country the influence of wealthy people is a serious problem.

Philip De Wet of the Mail & Guardian said the only way for Zuma to show that South Africa is not a banana republic is to disavow the situation with the Guptas.

It was reported that Zuma was angry about the incident but he has as yet failed to come out with a statement stating as such.

South Africans aren’t just protesting specific issues surrounding the saga, but are outraged that the Guptas have treated us like their personal island, Msomi said.

The Sunday Times reported that chief of state protocol, Bruce Koloane, who was suspended this week, along with three generals and a colonel used President Jacob Zuma&39;s name to secure the landing to the Jet Airways A330.

The newspaper says a preliminary investigation shows that Koloane apparently advised India&39;s high commissioner, Virendra Gupta, to write directly to the Waterkloof Air Force Base commander asking for permission for the aircraft to land despite this request by the Guptas being turned down by Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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