27 MAY 2013 17:34 - PHILLIP DE WET
Nine months ago the Airports Company of SA embarrassed itself. Now, thanks to accidental timing, the embarrassment turns towards a mid-Guptagate Zuma.
In Guptagate, the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof military base for the convenience of wedding guests of the Gupta family, there are continuing suspicions that Zuma must have been involved. Despite all evidence to the contrary, it is hard to imagine the president being entirely oblivious to what his close friends had planned; or that none of those in in his Cabinet would have mentioned the matter to him; or that two officials would risk sanction by using his name and doing what they thought he would want without so much as a suggestion from on high.
But on Tuesday, Avaaz again cited an internal Acsa email in which then assistant general manager Tebogo Mekgoe said there was “an implicit message in the content of the advert that says the president [personally] is standing by while our lions are being killed and is thus complicit in the killings".