Still plenty of Gupta skul­dug­gery wait­ing in the wings

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Rev Maudu Morudu

I HAVE dis­cov­ered that one of the #Gupta leaks is ti­tled “How Gup­tas

went be­hind the gov­ern­ment’s back on Dalai Lama.”

This leak re­vealed that the Gup­tas had in­vited the Dalai Lama to be the spe­cial and hon­oured guest at the in­au­gu­ral South African of The Year Awards held on Septem­ber 6, 2014.

This is an­other dis­turb­ing mat­ter about the Gup­tas be­cause they wanted to do some­thing op­po­site to the po­si­tion of the gov­ern­ment with re­spect to the Dalai Lama.

Their do­ing some­thing like that sur­rep­ti­tiously is a clear sign of lack of re­spect for the gov­ern­ment.

One of the ar­ti­cles that I have writ­ten for pub­li­ca­tion is ti­tled “SA dances to China’s tune”.

I em­pha­sised in that ar­ti­cle that I do not be­lieve that the South African gov­ern­ment had any prob­lem with the Dalai Lama’s at­ten­dance at Arch­bishop Tutu’s 80th birth­day.

South Africa de­nied the Dalai Lama a visa to come to the coun­try be­cause of China’s stance on him, not least of all the diplo­matic-cum-eco­nomic ties between SA and China.

It is my be­lief that South Africa was held to ran­som by China.

There are diplo­matic pro­ce­dures to be fol­lowed for peo­ple from out­side to visit the coun­try. If the gov­ern­ment had de­nied the Dalai Lama en­try into the coun­try to at­tend Tutu’s birth­day, and the Gup­tas in­vited him with­out the con­sent of the gov­ern­ment, then who is re­ally in power?

The Gup­tas had a plan in place for the Dalai Lama to at­tend their oc­ca­sion. Un­for­tu­nately, the Dalai Lama turned down their in­vi­ta­tion due to his full travel sched­ule, as in­di­cated by his sec­re­tary, Ten­zin Taklha. Per­haps the Dalai Lama turned down the in­vi­ta­tion to hit those in gov­ern­ment who are co-op­er­at­ing with the Gup­tas in pur­su­ing their own

agenda. I say this be­cause for the Gup­tas to land with their pri­vate plane at the Waterk­loof Air Force Base for their wed­ding proves that they had co-oper­a­tion from some in the gov­ern­ment.

I also be­lieve that the Dalai Lama did so in sol­i­dar­ity with his friend Tutu. He knew very well that those who have close ties with the Gup­tas are the very same peo­ple in gov­ern­ment who hit Tutu by mak­ing sure that the Dalai Lama is not al­lowed en­try into the coun­try.

It would have been a spit in Tutu’s face had the Dalai Lama re­sponded pos­i­tively to that in­vi­ta­tion. There is a lot to know about the Gup­tas, and the gov­ern­ment owes the peo­ple of South Africa an­swers about th­ese peo­ple.

The Gupta sto­ries are not yet fin­ished. I mean how they landed at the Waterk­loof Air Force Base is still a mys­tery wait­ing to be fully ex­plained. Temba, Ham­man­skraal

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