ANC defends Jeff Radebe

2013-05-26 14:39
Minister Jeff Radebe (File, Sapa)

Minister Jeff Radebe (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The ANC has criticised opposition parties which want Justice Minister Jeff Radebe chastised in Parliament about the timeframe in which the Guptagate report was released.

"It is the absurdity of this call that is astonishing," said African National Congress Chief Whip Moloto Mothapo. The Sunday Times reported that certain opposition parties wanted Parliament to schedule a motion to condemn Radebe for not tabling the Guptagate report in a reasonable time before a debate in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance chief whip Watty Watson told the newspaper he had written to the secretary of parliament, Mike Coetzee, to have a motion berating Radebe placed on the National Assembly's order paper.

Congress of the People acting chief whip Julie Killian said her party "wholeheartedly" supported the move.

Radebe released the full report just moments before the debate in the assembly on Wednesday.

The report investigated the 29 April landing of a private jet, chartered by the Gupta family, at Waterkloof Air Force Base. On board were 270 guests at a Gupta family wedding at Sun City.

The government initiated the probe into the landing and into a possible breach of diplomatic protocol.

Mothapo said the ANC was surprised the DA was complaining as it had previously rejected calls for the debate to be held in June.

"They, in fact, argued it [the report] was immaterial to the debate and therefore it should not affect the programming of the debate."

Mothapo said the ANC was "pleased" with how the government had handled the unauthorised landing. It was "reflective of a government which was open, transparent and accountable."

Meanwhile, on Sunday, DA MP Anchen Dreyer said a motion to debate the National Key Points Act in Parliament had been provisionally scheduled for 6 June.

"There seems to be a selective use of this legislation in order to protect the government from embarrassment," she said in a statement.

During the Guptagate debate, Radebe said Waterkloof Air Force was not a national key point, but a strategic military base.

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