The African National Congress has reportedly dropped its disciplinary charges against Atul Gupta over the Gupta wedding saga.
The Sunday World quoted the businessman as saying: "We welcome the decision to drop the charges because it follows on the recent announcement by the police that the presence and involvement of the police at the wedding was above board. We remain very sorry about any embarrassment caused to anyone. Our only desire was to give Vega and Aakash the best wedding ever."
Following a public outcry over the landing of a plane chartered by the Guptas at the Waterkloof Air Force Base and the police escort that the guests were given from the base to the wedding venue, disciplinary charges were laid against Atul Gupta at the Saxonwold branch of the ANC for bringing the party into disrepute.
The charges were allegedly dropped because the party sought legal advice and was told that there was insufficient evidence that Gupta had brought the party into disrepute, the Sunday World reported.
However, the claims made by Gupta that the charges had been dropped were not substantiated by the ANC. The Sunday World quoted Sipho Sithole, chairperson of the party's Saxonwold branch as saying: "The branch cannot comment on the outcome of the Branch Disciplinary Committee's investigation as it has not been informed of the progress of the case. The disciplinary committee will meet only this coming week."