If You’re Filthy Rich, Are The Oppenheimers, You Can Do Anything – Even Capture A Country’s Borders

By Pinky Khoabane

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The Oppenheimers are South Africa’s wealthiest family having made their ill-gotten money off the blood of Africans here and surrounding countries in diamond mines….But they want more…a porous international entry point into South Africa for the rich that puts this country at risk of illicit diamonds, human trafficking, armaments, drugs and much more…And guess what? They are operating on a National Key Point but they are  Oppenheimers you see, they can capture a country’s borders and there’s no uproar from the media or any of our modern-day moralists and anti-state capture activists.

Last week, Judge Sulet Potteril gave the Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade Aviation (Pty) Ltd permission to operate an international port-of-entry from it’s luxury aircraft facility based at OR Tambo International Airport.

The service will allow passengers from around the world, who don’t want to go through the OR Tambo International Airport and its laborious checks to go straight through to Fireblade and into the country.

The ruling follows a court battle between Fireblade, Denel and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), which at the time was under Minister Malusi Gigaba.

In papers  placed before the Gauteng High Court early last year, Fireblade demanded that Denel, from whom it leases space for its 7-star operation, should withdraw its objection to an application it (Fireblade) had made to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for a customs and immigration service at its facility.

At issue for Denel was Fireblade’s non compliance with security measures stipulated for a National Key Point. It objected to the application on the basis of “security concerns” which it said included the risk of drug and human trafficking and illicit smuggling of material such as money, precious metals and weaponry.

Denel is a strategic state asset that operates within the defence systems, weaponry and military related projects, both nationally and internationally and it argued that due to the nature of its business, the “security risk to personnel, material, information, secrets and espionage are real and serious”.

In addition to risks of espionage and illicit smuggling, Denel is situated in an area called Kempton Park Campus which is designated as a National Key Point. As such all companies operating in the area have to comply with security policies and procedures enforced by the National Key Points Act.

Fireblade argued that Gigaba had approved its application and should not be allowed to change his mind without good reason. The Judge agreed. Fireblade has argued that Gigaba changed his mind following pressure from the Guptas who were said to have been interested in the project.

In court documents filed by Fireball early last year however, the company does not mention the Guptas despite having allegedly earlier known about their interest according to a Sunday Times article.


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  1. I really do not understand what the brouhaha is about. That is what money and power is supposed to do. It should buy you influence. The secret is to learn this very simple lesson. Money and wealth are supposed to be subtle. That is unfortunately what people like the Guptas of this world have not learnt from the Anglo Saxon world. Essentially there is no difference between the Guptas and the Oppenheimers. Its one and the same thing. The difference is the Guptas operate like street thugs.

    They are about to find out what the power of old money means

    1. The Brouhaha is the double standards essentially from loud noises from the anti-state capture people and moralists. Why does capturing a National Key Point by the Oppenheimers not an issue?
      You’ve completely misdiagnosed what is happening. Nothing to do with operating like street thugs. You only have to follow some of the stories here from these white monopoly capitalists to see they operate like thugs themselves. Read the illicit Tobacco trade, FNB and its racist policy on low cost housing clients, FNB bribing the DA Councillor, Regime Change around the world, George Soros – it is crass and vile. It is all to do with owning the media that feeds you one side of the story to suit its masters and you are buying and worse, regurgitating the rubbish.

      1. Hey Suster, some will just comment to seek attention nje…….dont worry about this guy but anyway Thanks for ukumubeka right where he/she belongs…..endaweni yakhe!!!!

        1. I dont believe Fish Monger’s comment is based on simply “seeking attention”. His or anybody’s views need not be dismissed simply because they dont align with those of ours. He must be free to say what he wants as long as its not hateful and demeaning of others and we much challenge him – that is how we can all grow and empower each other in knowledge.

        2. I already know where I belong. I think maybe if you addressed what I had written instead of labelling me maybe you would add more value to the discussion. I think there is a lot we still have to learn about the nexus between power and wealth. I still still say there is really no difference between them Guptas and the Oppenheimers. They are just 2 sides of the same coin. I don’t even understand what the issue with the Guptas is because that is how the world functions.

  2. its quite interesting to see the Oppenheimer’s getting their own VVIP section and the likes of DA and EFF are not saying anything. if it was the Gupta’s they would be making a lot of the way i am not vouching for Gupta’s but observing the hypocrisy of one race over another

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