Gupta guests want to be served by whites - Cosatu

Guests arrive at the Waterkloof Air Force Base for the Gupta wedding. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.
RUSTENBURG – People attending the Gupta wedding have allegedly asked Sun International that only white people serve them, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the North West said on Thursday.

The trade union federation said wedding guests at Sun City asked for their rooms to be cleaned by white people and for white drivers to chauffer them around.

Cosatu added guests were being guarded by police.

North West Secretary Solly Phetoe said, “The Gupta people have made a public statement in Sun International that they don’t want to be served by African blacks. They want them [the hotel rooms] to be cleaned by white people. As Cosatu, we see that as racial attitude.”

Cosatu said if the claims could be proven, it would go on strike and ensure the wedding did not proceed.

Meanwhile, Sun City was adamant that it did not discriminate workers on the basis of race.

Sun City General Manager Richard Hawkins said the allegations were unfounded.

“We pride ourselves in offering opportunities to everybody in our community.”