Most of last week the South African media had an outcry over the Gupta tycoons from India, and their relationship with high-ranking ANC members. The
Guptas, it seemed, were given royal diplomatic treatment without any legal grounds to do so.
Suspicions of Chinese and Indian cash being thrown about to cosy up to the "elite" interests in the ruling ANC have long done been reported by the
So who are the Guptas?
This link explains much.
The beginner's guide to the Guptas: mg.co.za...
The scandal began last week Tuesday when 217 guests to a private Gupta wedding landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base (also allegedly a CIA airport
according to some conspiracy theory):
More than 200 guests of the Gupta family arrived in South Africa on Tuesday last week to attend the lavish, four-day wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash
Jahajgarhia at the Sun City resort.
Nobody knows why a civilian plane carrying wedding guests was allowed to land there.
Not even the government apparently knows why it landed there, and are denying every press release.
They are promising major investigations, while some minions have been suspended, and fines (ha ha, probably not comparable to the bribes and
kickbacks) have been issued.
Yet the explanations and excuses are rather thin and unconvincing, if not downright embarrassing.
Not only did over 200 land there, but they went through no custom checks or procedures whatsoever.
They were allegedly accompanied from the airport by mysterious "blue light" brigades. www.dailymaverick.co.za...
Nobody bothered the guests at the lavish wedding, although they apologized for a bit of a disturbance afterwards, and clearly what the Guptas wanted
the Guptas got.
While some see it as a storm in a tea-cup (in the light of more serious atrocities), others view it as blatant government corruption and the pawning
of our democracy to the highest cash-flows.
News footage from the Gupta wedding, with some ANC stalwarts attending:
I wonder if fellow Saffers know if Shabir Shaik was there?
edit on 9-5-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)
Despite all that things took an even more grievous turn when the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) claimed that its members complained
that the Gupta guests only wanted white staff!
This comes after painstaking attempts to portray racism and ethnic tensions in SA as blacks (including Indians and Chinese) vs. a white minority, or
else to deflect it as "violent xenophobia" or economic and political factionalism.
Yeah, like Gandhi or Srila Prabhupada were never racist against black people (I won't link it here, but anyone can Google their racist statements).
Or vice-versa, the isiZulu song against Indians titled "Amandiya".
I think this really turned the attitude of the ANC from intransigent defense to apologetic.
That is just almost unforgivable ... unless you have cash and print the ANC newspaper.
Not surprising as Indian culture worships whiteness,....
As did their revered hero Gandhi.
Gandhi spent 21 years in South Africa and was a supporter of Apartheid.
His only grievance was that he thought the colonists viewed Indians as no better than the local 'kaffirs' whom he thought were inferior to both Whites
India has long had strong links with South Africa due to the large number of South Africans of Indian descent.
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