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More 'Gupta demands' emerge

Reports indicate the Guptas initially wanted a section at OR Tambo cordoned off for their 200 guests.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Details continue to emerge of the Gupta family's outrageous demands and attempts to use political contacts to lay out the red carpet for wedding guests.

Eyewitness News revealed on Tuesday last week how nearly 200 wedding guests on board a privately chartered jet made an unauthorised landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Several International Relations, Air Force and police officials have been suspended, while nine Tshwane Metro Police officers have been arrested for allegedly driving rented vehicles fitted with false number plates and blue lights.

The Gupta family apparently wanted sections of international arrivals at the OR Tambo International Airport cordoned off exclusively for their wedding guests.

The Sunday Independent newspaper reported that the request was discussed at a meeting in February with senior Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) officials and the now suspended Chief of State Protocol Bruce Koloane.

The family also apparently demanded that their guests' luggage as well as the customs process be handled quickly, but they were advised to use the Pilanesberg International Airport instead.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News understands one of the Tshwane Metro Police officers arrested for escorting the Gupta wedding guests was arrested several years ago for drinking on duty.

It's understood police arrested the officer, whose identity is known to Eyewitness News , and a colleague several years ago during the early hours of the morning at a pub in Wonderboom, north of Pretoria.

Both men were drinking in uniform and were in possession of their service pistols.

It remains unclear why the officer is still employed by the Tshwane Metro Police.

The South African Police Service (Saps) is among several agencies and government departments investigating irregularities and unlawful conduct which led to the unauthorised landing of the Gupta plane at the Air Force base.

The Gupta family has since issued an apology to the South African and Indian governments and welcomed the various investigations into the matter.

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