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Gupta guests want white staff - Cosatu

May 02 2013 18:20 Fin24

Guests arrive at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria for the wedding of Vega Gupta. (Beeld)

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Cape Town - The Congress of South African Trade Unions alleges that guests attending the Gupta wedding are insisting to be served by white officials at Sun International, it was reported on Thursday.

According to EWN, the trade union federation claimed that wedding guests at Sun City asked for white chauffeurs and cleaning room staff.

“The Gupta people have made a public statement in Sun International that they don’t want to be served by African blacks," North West secretary Solly Phetoe told the radio news agency.

He added that the requests are viewed as racial discrimination.

Earlier today the SA National Defence Force said that the Gupta family's chartered jet has been removed from Waterkloof Air Force Base.

This followed an order on Thursday morning by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that the jet be removed.

Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said that it was taken to OR Tambo International Airport.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that preliminary reports indicate possible transgressions by police officials in the deployment of resources to the Gupta wedding.

The Gupta family, which owns The New Age newspaper and Sahara, is celebrating the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, at Sun City in the North West.

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