Gupta guests want white staff - Cosatu

Gupta guests want white staff - Cosatu

2013-05-02 18:20

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.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-05-02 18:25

    Cosatu-always like the little dog making alot of noise about nothing..

  • simon.selahla - 2013-05-02 18:26

    Shame on u guptas!!! Nxa sis!!

  • Sarah Mohotlane - 2013-05-02 18:27

    i wonder wat their friend zuma say cos he is also black.

      patrick.starkey1 - 2013-05-02 19:02

      They're happy to be friends with him & use his influence on government contracts, they just don't want him near their hotel rooms ! Why do you think he found a reason to go North & avoid the wedding altogether.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-05-02 18:29


  • Gifted Moyo - 2013-05-02 18:30

    Its called inferiority complex. There cant be that many white people in India. These Indians must have been shocked to "discover" whites working as waitrons etc and cant get over the fact of ordering them around and tipping the "poor fellas." Its actually funny.

  • proudlysa - 2013-05-02 18:31

    Cosatu, ask your ANC (non racist???) tri-partitate partner to sort it out for you! What a joke. Imagine if it was Helen Zilles family that had such a request!!!!

      patrick.starkey1 - 2013-05-02 19:04

      Einah !

  • Bongeka - 2013-05-02 18:31

    What are they trying to achieve or prove with that? Who are these Gupta people? What brought them to this country and how long have they been here? Are they investing in this country and doing good for the economy of the country? I'm asking because I don't really know them, yet they're so popular in SA but fireigners. Please people, tell me something about this well known and so rich family.

      Sandile Latha - 2013-05-02 18:49

      The first wave of indian immigrants sugar cane workers which was mainly working class indians. In the 90's there was a second wave and this was a bit different in the sense that it was middle class indians migrating to SA and that wave came wit the Guptas. Guptas came to SA in 1994 or 1996 (not sure). But they came here precisely because the had experienced and seen how easy it is to acquire wealth in a transitional political environment.... In india there's a Gupta family, and this is a really wealthy family. These guys (SA Guptas) tried to use the Gupta name in India but it didn't work. So when they migrated to SA they used the Gupta name on ppl who didn't know much abt it. They started the Sahara company which is named after the Sahara owned by the indian Guptas. Its more like a clone company. From the moment they got here they tried to be as close as possible to the political heads. And finally get to the point where they run the country.

      patrick.starkey1 - 2013-05-02 19:07

      They use totally innocent friendships to win Government Contracts. Then they very generously re-invest some of this hard earned money into the economy via a superstar lifestyle. In the mean while, back in the well provisioned informal townships ..............

  • Mathekga Ngoako - 2013-05-02 18:31

    Hahaha, imagine SA oppressed by indians saying whites only cleaning staff required. It is about time for SA to vote ANC out. This is a joke.

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-05-02 18:33

    So what's the problem, tell them to walk if they don't like it. They can also sleep in a new room every night.

  • Eli Esau - 2013-05-02 18:36

    COSATU also need to put its 5 cents in the tin - EISH

  • Warren Carne - 2013-05-02 18:36

    Guptas should take their business elsewhere,judging by the influence they hold over Zuma there's bound to be some dodgy deals anyway

  • Syphor Zit - 2013-05-02 18:36

    Were their officials also invited for observations, it could have been worse. No body new any thing about Guptas

  • Makgabo Chokoe - 2013-05-02 18:36

    This is a freedom country.they must practise it some where else not in our soil.

  • Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2013-05-02 18:38

    Such rubbish! What's wrong with this family

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-05-02 18:40

    COSATU, just like many formations in the tripartite alliance, are known to habour animosity towards the so-called Gupta family. Are the long knives slowly coming out?

  • Khomotso Salamina Lepadile - 2013-05-02 18:42

    I just think they went 2 far about this , if they don't want to live in a democratic country let them leave ,our brothers and sisters have fought 4 this country to be democratic . If they ar not comfortable in their own skin then they must laeve RSA alone.reminder Indians and coloured are classified as black ,maybe the forgot

  • Bradley Benson - 2013-05-02 18:46

    The gupta,s are only doing this cause they have the blessing of number one

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-05-02 18:55

    At last employment equity for whites at the Gupta wedding. LOL.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-05-02 19:00

    Ha,ha,just love it!

  • Bradley Benson - 2013-05-02 19:07

    I suspect that no one from cosatu is invited to the wedding

  • Paresh Tiloki - 2013-05-02 19:25

    ooohh ! I am sure whites are turning RED with rage Blue with disgust and green with envy --- Rainbow people ....

  • Nicah Makhadzi Magwede - 2013-05-02 20:13

    hakikikiikikikik lmao MONEY eish

  • Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-05-02 20:38

    Yoh, cannot wait for the next Trevor Noah show. Going to be hilarious.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-05-02 20:54

    Remember anyone none white back then there were considered to be blacks, Indians and coloreds, so Indians been white servants for many years and working in their farms, so now that they have money they also want to make the very same whites to serve them, is nothing more than a feeling of being served by white people - is pay back time, it has nothing with stealing the jeweleries or the Jet

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