Guptagate: Guests delayed at OR Tambo

Gupta guests had to wait for six hours at OR Tambo before they could leave SA.

The Gupta jet parked at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. Picture: Beeld.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The more than 200 guests, who attended the Gupta wedding, were delayed at the OR Tambo International Airport for almost six hours before they could depart.

Friday's delay was a result of thorough security checks.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News reported the jet chartered by the wealthy and politically-connected Gupta family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

It was ordered to leave the base and then depart from OR Tambo International two days later.

The Department of Home Affairs says it is responsible for the delay ahead of departure as it had to ensure all checks and controls were in place.

The Guptas private jet took off from OR Tambo with 207 passengers and 12 crew members after 8pm on Friday.

Home Affairs' Ronnie Mamoepa says they had to make sure the number of people who landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Tuesday correlated with the number of passengers on Friday night's flight.

"There was one person extra and we found out that person was actually a South African citizen who was one departing with them."

An investigation into why the Gupta family and their guests were allowed to land at the air force base is now underway after widespread condemnation from all sphere of society.

The Guptas deny any wrongdoing, maintaining they obtained permission for every part of the event.

Several government departments are currently investigating the saga.

However, the South African National Defence Union (Sandu) wants another independent commission of inquiry to investigate the Gupta jet saga.

The union believes it is the only way to deal with the matter.

Sandu want the commission to include judicial, aviation and military security experts.

Meanwhile, The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Northwest Province has warned that thousands of its members, who work at Sun City, may go on strike over allegations of racism at the Gupta Wedding this week.

The union maintains there are claims that the Gupta family insisted that only white and Indian staff cook for and drive the guests.

However, Sun International says it would never agree to let guests dictate the colour of their staff.

Cosatu's Solly Phetoe insists the resort much apologise for entertaining what he calls "the Gupta wedding party's ridiculous demands."

"Workers wanted to strike but we told them to hold on until we meet with the management so they can explain why they agreed to these things that are happening here."

He says he will consult with workers to determine if they will stop working after they were allegedly told they were not allowed to serve the Guptas guests because wedding organisers did not want black staff at the event.

Sun International has denied the claim saying the allegations of racism are false and the resort would never allow such behaviour.

However, it did confirm an attempted rape charge has been opened against one of the guests by a casual worker and police are investigating.