No diplomatic passports for Guptas
The Guptas made several demands, including access to diplomatic passports.
JOHANNESBURG - The International Relations Department said on Sunday it had no record of the Gupta family applying for diplomatic passports.
Less than two weeks after Eyewitness News revealed the controversial landing of a jet chartered by the Gupta Family at Waterkloof Airbase, it is being reported that the family tried to bully their way into receiving diplomatic passports, to travel with President Jacob Zuma.
The Sunday Times reported, the Gupta family made several outrageous demands, including access to diplomatic passports from government.
The family allegedly argued that they deserved these passports because they often travel with President Zuma on trips to promote South Africa.
The Department of International Relations' Clayson Monyela, however, said they have no record of such an application.
"Generally speaking, I can tell you that if any individual was to ask for a diplomatic passport when they don't qualify, our response would be very clear.
"You cannot get a diplomatic passport if you are not a diplomat."
The Gupta family was unavailable for comment.