Gupta probe findings 'will be released'

2013-05-16 14:46
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Cape Town - There will be no attempt to keep secret a report into the illegal landing of a jet chartered by the politically-connected Gupta family at Waterkloof Air Force Base, acting Minister in the Presidency Edna Molewa said on Thursday.

Molewa and her Cabinet colleagues endorsed the preliminary findings of an investigation into how the family managed to land the plane at the national key point without executive authority.

She was briefing journalists following Cabinet's regular fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

It was now up to the justice, crime prevention, and security (JCPS) cluster of ministries to release the findings to the public, she said.

Preliminary findings

JCPS chairperson Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is in the country, but his colleagues in the cluster are in Russia on a working visit with President Jacob Zuma.

"He has to work with his colleagues to make the necessary pronouncements regarding these findings," said Molewa.

"Even the preliminary findings would have to be subjected to that collective, so that there is a full appreciation and a decision to release these findings," she said.

Radebe and the other ministers would decide in which form the outcomes of the probe would be made public.

"What we are really saying to you as South Africans, is that this matter... was never intended to be kept under wraps... You will be informed about it."

Molewa and acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams said no details of the report could be released just yet.

Security breach

Cabinet was committed to holding those responsible for the security breach accountable.

"Those who are found to infringe and compromise regulations must face the full might of the law," said Williams.

She reiterated government's position that the landing was unauthorised.

Radebe and members of his Cabinet cluster would hold a news briefing soon to release the findings of the probe.

Molewa said the probe would also look at the Guptas' role in securing the unauthorised landing.

The aircraft was carrying 270 guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City.

Government faced a storm of criticism over the incident, given the perception that the Gupta brothers are close to President Jacob Zuma.

Five high-ranking officials and military personnel have been suspended over the unauthorised landing.

Eight Tshwane metro police officers were also suspended for allegedly escorting and providing unofficial security to Gupta wedding guests, from Waterkloof to Sun City.

- SAPA
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