JOHANNESBURG – The Gupta brothers have given the go-ahead to permit the US president, Barack Obama, to land at their airport during his visit to South Africa. It was unclear whether the Guptas would allow the statesman’s visit to interfere with a key point in the family’s personal transport service, but a few hasty negotiations between Jacob Zuma’s office and representatives of the Gupta family’s business interest cleared the way to enable Obama’s visit to take place.
The announcement was made at the family’s R52 million compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, and has been confirmed by the South African president’s office. South Africa is the last stop in a three country African tour that also includes Senegal and Tanzania. Interestingly, Obama chose to skip a visit to Kenya, his alleged country of birth. American political analysts suggest that it is a strategic move to avoid further controversy about his origins.
After the previous fiasco involving the air strip, the Guptas made a promise to be more transparent in their dealings with Zuma and other cabinet ministers. “We realise that the public has a need to know exactly how we are running their government,” divulged Atul Gupta. “It’s in everyone’s best interest if we get everything out in the open.”
Ajay Gupta made it very clear that there is nothing corrupt about their relationship with the South African president. “We only guide Zuma to make decisions that would benefit our business interests,” he said. “He complies willingly. The benefits he receives have nothing to do with it.”
“All in all, we have no problem with Mr. Barack,” clarified Rajesh Gupta. “I’m looking forward to meeting him. Any friend of Jacob’s is a friend of mine.” It’s still unclear exactly how the brothers seek to influence bilateral agreements between the Zuma presidency and the American leadership. Insiders suggest that the Guptas may look to have American state service projects outsourced to their various business affiliates.
Obama will be accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. “We’ll take them out for a nice curry,” suggested Vega Jahajgarhia, who recently returned from her honeymoon. “No problem. My uncle will hire Sun City for us. We’ll buy a few policemen for an escort. And they wouldn’t have to worry about being served by black people. We’ll take care of that too.”
At time of writing, Barack Obama could not be reached for comment. Sasha Obama was wondering if the curry would be hot. BN
Boston Masilela used to be a freedom fighter. When the battle against freedom was lost he switched his AK-47 for a yellow Bic pen and took up journalism instead. He prefers rooibos tea, enjoys a party and all his friends are politicians.
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