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EWN looks back at #Guptagate

EWN broke the story of the Gupta family landing a privately chartered jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

The Gupta jet, seen leaving Waterkloof Air Force Base on Thursday 2 May 2013. Picture: Paul Treleven.

PRETORIA - Nearly three years ago, Eyewitness News broke the story of the Gupta family landing a privately chartered jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base - the first major public display of the family's influence over State officials and resources.

More than 200 wedding guests landed at the national key point to attend a lavish wedding, which was being held at the Sun City Resort in the North West province.

Despite several investigations and a ministerial task team, which was considered a whitewash - no one has been held accountable - particularly the Gupta's good friend, President Jacob Zuma.

The International Relations protocol official found guilty of using the presidents name to facilitate the landing was rewarded with a diplomatic posting to the Netherlands.

When EWN arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013, guests were being escorted to the glamorous wedding by helicopter, and in luxury convoys flanked by police vehicles with blazing lights and blaring sirens.

Standing at the terminal entrance and ushering guests to cars was their host, Atul Gupta, who initially agreed to be interviewed but quickly backtracked when asked how and why guests were arriving at an air force base.

Despite having been swept under the carpet, the so-called Guptagate scandal has come to embody the relationship between the Gupta family and Zuma, described by some as 'toxic'.

Pictures: Barry Bateman/EWN.

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