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New details around Gupta wedding Waterkloof landing emerge

A message from Bruce Koloane to a Gupta associate is among the tranche of correspondence leaked to newspapers.

Gupta family landing a privately chartered jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base along with more than 200 wedding guests landing at the national key point to attend a lavish wedding, which was being held at the Sun City Resort in the North West province. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - An email has emerged which now directly links the man who facilitated the Gupta wedding party landing at the Waterkloof Base to the controversial family.

A message from former international relations head of protocol Bruce Koloane to a Gupta associate is among the tranche of correspondence leaked to the City Press and Sunday Times.

Eyewitness News revealed in April 2013 that a private aircraft carrying guests of the Guptas had landed at the National Keypoint to attend a lavish wedding at the Sun City resort in the North West.

Koloane claimed he was put under pressure by a "number one”, believed to be President Jacob Zuma, to facilitate the landing.

Zuma denied playing any part in the incident.

In an email sent to Gupta associate Ashu Chawla in January last year, Koloane asks for a donation of prizes for a golf day he was organising for his 20th wedding anniversary.

He starts the letter with “Dear Ashu” and signs off with a simple “best regards, Bruce" at the end of the email.

This email was sent to another Gupta associate, who responds to Chawla saying "support whatever he wants".

While Koloane claimed he was put under pressure to arrange the Gupta landing at Waterkloof, he was rewarded for his misconduct with an ambassador posting to the Netherlands.

He further denied any links to the close friends of President Zuma but the cordial and informal nature of his message to Chawla suggests that might not be entirely true.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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