Guptagate Zuma link is 'hearsay': Presidency

By Drum Digital
03 October 2013

The presidency on Thursday dismissed allegations that President Jacob Zuma could be implicated in the 'Guptagate' scandal as hearsay. "While it would not be appropriate to discuss matters that are being addressed at the tribunal, we wish to state categorically that there is no truth to the allegation," spokesman Mac Maharaj said. Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday that SA National Defence Force members facing a military court on charges relating to the landing of the Gupta plane had implicated Zuma in sworn affidavits. Maharaj said of the allegation: "It is not based onfact, it is based on hearsay".

"This is an old allegation being recycled before a military tribunal that is currently in session."

A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying more than 200 guests for the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in April.

The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter or in police-escorted vehicles, to attend the lavish ceremony at Sun City's Palace of the Lost City in North West.

The landing sparked widespread criticism and several investigations were launched.

A government investigation exonerated Zuma and his ministers, and found that the landing was the result of "collusion by officials".

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