Gupta cops face suspension

2013-05-07 22:06
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Guptagate suspended officials

2013-05-06 09:05

Questions have been raised as to the manner in which certain officials were suspended for their alleged involvement in the Gupta wedding scandal. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - The Tshwane metro police department has issued intention-to-suspend letters to nine officers arrested for allegedly escorting Gupta wedding guests from Waterkloof Air Force Base to Sun City.

The officers had 48 hours to explain why they should not be suspended, Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said on Tuesday.

"After investigations and following procedures, the [department] decided to serve intention-to-suspend letters today."

He said the metro police did not receive a request to help at the Gupta wedding. Therefore no instructions were issued to officers to provide security.

"Officials who assisted went of their own accord and in their own capacity," said Mahamba.

He said two of the implicated officers arrested last week appeared in court on Friday. The charges against them were withdrawn.

On Monday, Mahamba said the nine officers were back at work. Preliminary investigations would indicate what disciplinary action should be brought against the officers, he said.

The officers allegedly fitted blue lights and false number plates to their private vehicles to escort guests to the Gupta family wedding in Sun City, North West.

A senior police officer, three air force officers, and the chief of state protocol were suspended for their alleged part in the unauthorised landing of a jet chartered by the Gupta family at the military base.

Some of the officers allegedly carried their service weapons while performing private duties, in contravention of the Firearms Control Act.

The jet chartered by the Gupta family made an unauthorised landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base - a national key point - last Tuesday.

It was carrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia.

The Guptas own The New Age newspaper and Sahara Computers.

The jet was moved off the base on Thursday afternoon, amid widespread criticism.

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