Guptagate: Cop back at work despite suspension – union

2013-05-15 14:07

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Gauteng deputy police commissioner Maj-Gen Phumza Gela is back at work despite his suspension, the SA Policing Union (Sapu) has said.

“The union is of course shocked that Gela is back at work,” spokesperson Oscar Skommere said.

He said Sapu learnt through its members that Gela had been back at work since Friday.

“We are trying to understand this because the allegations levelled against him were very serious.”

Skommere asked why Gela’s suspension was publicly announced, yet his reinstatement was not.

“We are seeking a meeting with the national (police) commissioner to try to understand this.”

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phuti Setati said he was not aware of Gela being back at work, adding he would look into the matter.

“As a result, I cannot comment.”

Gela was suspended along with four other high-ranking officials and military personnel over the landing of a privately chartered plane at Air Force Base Waterkloof, a national key point, in Pretoria on April 29.

The plane, chartered by the Gupta family, was carrying 270 wedding guests. They were attending the wedding of Vega Gupta (23) and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City. The landing sparked widespread criticism.

The other suspended officials were: the chief of state protocol ambassador Bruce Koloane, SA Air Force command post Brig-Gen L Lombard, Air Force Base Brig-Gen TS Madumane, and movement control officer Lt-Col C Anderson.

In addition, the Tshwane metro police department suspended eight officers for allegedly escorting and providing unofficial security to the wedding guests.

A team of directors-general investigated the landing. A report was handed to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday.

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