Zondo Commission hears Guptas wanted welcoming party at airport

Zondo Commission hears Guptas wanted welcoming party at airport

Former Transport Minister Ben Martins claims that the Gupta family had requested permission for a welcoming party to meet wedding guests at OR Tambo International Airport.

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Testifying at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, ex-Transport Minister Ben Martins claimed that the Gupta family had initially wanted a welcoming party to wait for wedding guests at OR Tambo International Airport.

This welcoming party would have greeted guests bound for the 2013 wedding extravaganza at Sun City, reports SABC.

Martins said that the plane had ulitmately landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on April 30, with Acting Airports Company CEO, Bongani Maseko, relaying information about the first request.

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Martins explained to the Zondo Commission what the infamous family had requested, saying that:

“The permission request that they sought was upon the aircraft landing at OR Tambo airport when the guests disembark from the plane there should be a welcoming reception and Mr Maseko explained to me that it would be unlikely for anybody to give permission for a welcoming reception to take place there."

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Inquiry would be exploring the events that saw wedding guests landing and making use of the military Air Base en route to the event.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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