Guptas to splash out R100m on wedding bash

The Guptas brothers and their other family members are planning a five-day wedding that could cost R100m.
GUPTAS The Guptas brothers and their other family members are planning a five-day wedding that could cost R100m.
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The Guptas are reported to be hosting a lavish double wedding at a palatial hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism published a nine-page wedding invitation on Friday and said the bash‚ an event lasting five days between February 19 and 23‚ could end up costing as much as R100m.

"The wedding is a double-feature‚ with Rajesh 'Tony' Gupta’s daughter Shubhangi Singhala marrying Chetan Jain and Atul Gupta’s son Srikant Singhala tying the knot with Akhya Bansal.

"This is the third publicly lavish wedding the family has funded‚" said AmaBhungane.

The logos of Gupta companies in South Africa‚ including the Koornfontein mine where miners have gone unpaid‚ are featured in the wedding invitation.

The publication said a request for comment directed to a Gupta lawyer in South Africa went unanswered.

The Gupta family made headlines when they hosted the "wedding of the century" at Sun City in 2013.

More than 200 guests arrived in a passenger jet that landed without permission from the military at Waterkloof Air Force Base‚ one of the country’s national key points.

Vega Gupta married Aakash Jahajgarhia in a lavish wedding that raised questions about Zuma’s apparently cosy relationship with the wealthy Gupta family.

SowetanLIVE reported in 2017 how invoices from the R30m bash‚ contained in a tranche of leaked e-mails‚ painted an astonishing picture of the family's exorbitant sweet tooth. Hazelnut milk Lindor truffles alone set taxpayers back R13‚088.

The leaked e-mails revealed how the wedding was paid for with money funnelled from the Estina dairy project in the Free State to the UAE.

AmaBhungane said high-profile guests from around the world were expected to attend the latest wedding ceremonies at the Emirates Palace.

BusinessLIVE reported in October 2018 that Ajay Gupta‚ the eldest brother of the family that stands accused of being at the centre of state capture allegations‚ said the family had "never asked any minister for any commercial benefit".

In an in-depth interview in Dubai with the New York Times‚ Gupta said he would testify at the Zondo commission into state capture‚ "but not at this moment".

"I want to clear my name‚" he told the paper.

 

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