Buthelezi slams Gupta visit report
CAPE TOWN—IF P leader M an gosu thu Buthelezi yesterday criticised a report detailing logistics for the single visit he made to the Gupta homestead in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
Mention was made in the Times of an email his parliamentary office sent to Tony Gupta in 2016 requesting diabeticfriendly food for their lunch.
“It’s absurd that this was considered newsworthy. When one is invited to lunch, the host routinely asks about one’ s dietary requirements ,” he said in a statement.
He provided background to the lunch, which was apparently used as an opportunity by Gupta to explain all the family had done for SA.
Buthelezi stressed that it was his first and last interaction with the Gupta family.
In 2013, he had never personally met theGu pt as but received an invitation to a three day family wedding.
“Minister sand former ministers had been invited, and I presumed that I had been included on the guest list as the former minister of Home Affairs. I therefore honoured the invitation ...”
While there he met Tony Gupta, who apparently then asked that they have lunch whenever he was in Johannesburg again.
Buthelezi said they had no further contact until February 2016.
Gupta heard he was going to be in Johannesburg for the funeral of Professor Herbert Vilakaziandp ho ned his secretary to renew his invitation. He was accompanied by his son, Prince Z uzi faBu the lezi.
“Having neglected Mr G up ta’ sin vita ti on for so long, I agreed to stop a this house after the funeral, on the way to the airport ...” he said.
His secretary sent a single email on February 5 to Gupta to confirm this .“It is unclear why the leaked email is allegedly dated 2 Ma y.”
He said the email was purely logistical, which is why the newspaper could find nothing more interesting than reporting on his dietary requirements.
TheBu the lez is arrived at the Gupta homestead as planned.
Gupta sought advice on what the family should do to rectify the negative image being created about them, saidBu the lezi.
“I advised him that they should publicise their side of the story. That was the extent of our conversation .”
They thanked Gupta for lunch and left for the airport.—News 24.