Guptas using Zuma's name – Sundaram

The family allegedly used Zuma’s name to speed up visas for Indian staff employed at ANN7.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Atul Gupta. Picture: Kopano Tlape/GCIS

PRETORIA - The Gupta family has once again been accused of dropping President Jacob Zuma's name.

This time, the controversial family used the president's name to speed up visas for Indian staff employed at the troubled ANN7 news station.

Details are contained in a formal complaint sent two days ago to several senior Home Affairs officials, including Director General Mkuseli Apleni.

Earlier this week, former ANN7 Consulting Editor Rajesh Sundaram fled the country claiming he had been intimidated at the station and his life had been threatened.

Sundaram says all visas for the ANN7 Indian employees were obtained through the office of Sahara Computers Chief Executive Ashu Chawla.

He alleges Chawla used Zuma's name to ensure they were processed within a matter of days.

In the so-called Guptagate investigation, it was found that Chawla and an official from the Indian High Commission colluded and misled government officials about the guests on a plane that landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Sundaram further alleges that pressure was also placed on High Commission officials in Delhi to speed up the visa process.

Earlier this week, Home Affairs said it would investigate these allegations if a formal complaint was received.

The department did not respond to questions.

ANN7 management maintains all paperwork is in order.