What the Guptas spent on wedding desserts

What are you prepared to pay for cranberries‚ kiwi and a single scoop of ice cream?

Thanks to the international auditing firm‚ KPMG‚ and the South African Revenue Service‚ the Guptas were able to have all their wedding dessert and eat it – all without paying a cent‚ and with no expense spared.

Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia at their wedding ceremony at Sun City in 2013. The wedding apparently cost the taxpayer millions of rands Picture: SUNDAY TIMES FILE

That’s because you the taxpayer picked up the bill‚ not only for venue hire‚ waiters‚ cooks and candlestick holders‚ but also for their after-dinner sweeties and morning fruit platters.

Invoices from the Guptas R30-million Sun City wedding‚ which are contained in a tranche of leaked family emails‚ paint an astonishing picture about the family’s exorbitant sweet tooth.

The invoices from the Guptas’ company Linkway Trading – which KPMG helped write off as a business expense – show that guests were presented a delicious sounding – and pricey – platter of dessert options.

Hazelnut milk Linder truffles alone set taxpayers back R13‚088. But the chocolates were not the most expensive things on the menu for the three-day wedding.

Linkway Trading billed the Guptas R69‚992 for 264‚20l sachets of milk‚ while 600 single scoops of ice cream cost R21‚812.62.

An extra order of milk‚ yoghurt and cream‚ reads the invoice‚ cost R7‚258.58‚ while 45 36kg units of whole cranberries‚ bulk kiwi slices and unknown dessert “ingredients” cost R3‚075.92‚ R2‚759 and R41‚698.69 respectively.
Golden berries‚ according to the invoice‚ set taxpayers back a further R7‚125.

Beverages seem to have racked up the most costs for South Africans coming in at a staggering R473‚370.41 followed by other general groceries‚ some bought at Makro‚ which cost roughly R190‚000.

It seems that the main dishes the Guptas presented to their guests were vegetables which cost R169‚652.

When it came to fun in the pool‚ four hours of pool noodle and water ball hiring costs totalled R6‚555.09.

The ultimate spoil for the bride and groom and their wedding guests‚ however‚ appears to have been the fireworks display coming in at a cool R310‚801.52.

– TimesLIVE


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