Once upon a time, when South Africa was a more innocent place, a family of the president’s best friends landed a plane-full of their guests at a military base, and no one was there to check their passports. In this iteration of South Africa–trusting, loving, in which nary a foreigner had ever been set on fire for speaking funny–the president’s friends’ friends were the president’s friends, and if they wanted to use military sites to park a chartered 737, then so be it. In other realms, this would count as a lasting, damning scandal. Here, everybody walks.
The Gupta wedding, April 2013. In which a chartered aircraft full of rich people touches down at AFB Waterkloof–a military airbase–making a mockery of South African sovereignty. How did the plane get clearance to land? Why was no one there to check passports? The answer, the government insisted, lay with Lieutenant Colonel Stephan van Zyl and Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, along with a conspirator or two, who had seen fit to hand the Gupta’s the keys to our kingdom. Yesterday, Van Zyl and Anderson were informed there were no charges against them anymore.
Difficult as it might be, I want…
Source : Daily Maverick