Gup­tas ‘se­cu­rity breach’ probe con­tin­ues


The South African Govern­ment has con­firmed that there was no ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity granted for the land­ing of an A330 Air­bus air­craft be­long­ing to Jet Air­ways at Waterk­loof Air Force Base re­cently. This was an­nounced by the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional De­vel­op­ment, Jeff Radebe. At least 200 pas­sen­gers on the air­craft had ar­rived in the coun­try to at­tend the Gupta fam­ily wed­ding in Sun City.

“Govern­ment has no record of a note verbale from the In­dian High Com­mis­sion no­ti­fy­ing [the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions] of a vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion re­quir­ing diplo­matic as­sis­tance and air­craft clear­ance and land­ing rights.

“The De­fence At­taché of the In­dian High Com­mis­sion sent a re­quest for air­craft clear­ance di­rectly to the Air Force Com­mand Unit within the South African National De­fence Force (SANDF) on April 24, 2013. The Air Force con­sulted with the Of­fice of State Pro­to­col at DIRCO and fa­cil­i­tated the clear­ance of the air­craft with­out in­form­ing the Chief of the SANDF,” Radebe said.

He said the in­volved of­fi­cials were placed on spe­cial leave fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by govern­ment into what he de­scribed as “a se­cu­rity breach.” The of­fi­cials in­clude the Chief of State Pro­to­col at DIRCO, Ambassador B. Koloane, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Air Force Com­mand post: Bri­gadier Gen­eral L. Lom­bard, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Air Force Base: Bri­gadier Gen­eral T.S. Mad­u­mane Move­ment Con­trol Of­fi­cer: Lt. Colonel C. An­der­son from the SANDF and Ma­jor Gen­eral Gela, SAPS Op­er­a­tional Re­sponse Ser­vices Gaut­eng Prov­ince.

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