'Gupta helpers must be accountable'

2013-05-01 14:47
SACP (Picture: Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Those responsible for allowing the Gupta family's chartered aircraft to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria should be held accountable, the SACP said on Wednesday.

"The aircraft has compromised our national security," SA Communist Party second deputy president Solly Mapaila said at a Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Workers' Day rally in Sharpeville, Gauteng.

"We want those responsible to be called on to account. This is a serious abuse and misuse of government resources."

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement on Wednesday that South Africans had been insulted by the Gupta family's alleged misuse of government resources.

"It is an absolute insult to the people of South Africa that private individuals can use a public facility for their social activities and that state officials should escort them," he said.

On Tuesday, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu called for those who authorised the landing at the national key point to explain how they got to that decision.

"Those who cannot account must be brought to book. The ANC will never rest where there is any indication that all and sundry may be permitted to undermine the Republic, it's citizens and its borders," he said.

Earlier in the day, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesperson, Siphiwe Dlamini said the force was not aware of any permission granted for the Gupta family to use the base in Pretoria.

However Gupta family spokesman Gary Naidoo insisted in a brief statement that permission was obtained from the SANDF to use the base.

He said the Indian High Commission, and not the family, applied for and was granted the permission.

Attempts to confirm this with the High Commission in Pretoria were unsuccessful.

The affluent Guptas were celebrating the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born Aaskash Jahajgarhia at the Sun City resort in the North West.

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