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Zuma denies involvement in Gupta landing

President Jacob Zuma says he had no prior knowledge of the controversial Gupta landing.

President Jacob Zuma says he had no prior knowledge of the controversial Gupta landing. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied having prior knowledge or involvement in the landing of the Gupta wedding jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

A total of 204 guests were flown into the Centurion base.

Passengers managed to bypass customs ahead of a wedding at Sun City in the North West.

The president made the remarks in response to a question posed by Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko in the National Assembly.

"No, I had no prior knowledge, involvement or communication relating to the landing of a private plane at Waterkloof."

A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the national key point in April.

The incident caused a scandal and embarrassed the government, while highlighting Zuma's close relationship with the influential Gupta family.

At the wedding, Sun City workers accused the Gupta guests of racism.

They allege black staff were prevented from serving the wedding guests.

Opposition parties have been pushing for a thorough investigation into the matter.

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