Public Protector's office not investigating Gupta
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Public Protector’s office not investigating Gupta wedding

Leaked records show that public funds were allegedly laundered from a project via Dubai to pay for the family’s showcase wedding.

FILE: Guests arrive at the Waterkloof Air Force Base for the Gupta wedding. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has reiterated her office is not investigating the landing of a Gupta aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force base.

Leaked records show that public funds were allegedly laundered from a project via Dubai to pay for the family’s showcase wedding.

Mkhwebane’s office has refuted claims that Mkhwebane has met with the controversial family.

An investigation into the matter was declined by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in 2013.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana says: “All the issues that have been investigated have been finalised and published. The other issues that are not finalised are going to be published and the public will be informed.”

The wedding of the Gupta brothers’ niece in 2013 at Sun City was one of the most lavish celebrations the country has ever seen: it was a four-day extravaganza costing millions while the entire country was outraged by the wedding party’s landing at Waterkloof Air Base.

The Gupta leaks reveal that the Free State provincial government largely picked up the tab for the “event of the millennium”, as it was described by a guest, KPMG Africa then-chief executive Moses Kgosana.

“My wife and I were privileged to attend and enjoyed every moment and every occasion,” Kgosana gushed in a thank-you note to Atul Gupta. “I have never been to an event like that and probably will not because it was an event of the millennium.”

Kgosana has since resigned from his position at Alexander Forbes after being implicated in the leaked Gupta emails, which reveal the extent of the Gupta family’s influence of the state.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

Source: EWN

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