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#GuptaCitizenship: Trick or treating children to design wedding invitations?

eNCA logo eNCA 2018-09-12 Christelle.duToit
Atul Gupta (File) © Gallo Images Atul Gupta (File)

CAPE TOWN - Shocking testimony was heard in Parliament on Wednesday that Gupta-owned Oakbay investments tricked school children into designing wedding invitations for their luxury wedding celebration at Sun City. 

Five years ago, the Guptas flew into South Africa for a lavish family wedding.

A private jet landed at the government's Waterkloof Air Force Base on 30 April 2013 with more than 200 passengers on board.

The group then attended a four-day celebration at Sun City in North West.

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Free State government funds set aside for poor farmers helped pay for the multimillion-rand party.

MEC for Sport and Education in North West, Sello Lehari, testified on Wednesday at the Parliamentary inquiry into the Gupta family’s naturalisation.

According to Lehari, dozens of schools were roped into the scheme that did not deliver on the prizes and incentives offered and was conducted without the Department's permission. 

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North West's Head of Department (HOD) For Education, Stephinah Semaswe, testified that the scheme even extended beyond just wedding invitations. 

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) also testified in Parliament and questioned how a key player in the Gupta family's naturalisation managed to get an ID with a photo of him wearing sunglasses. 

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