Gupta report: Govt appeals for patience

2013-05-15 18:16
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Johannesburg - Cabinet ministers were considering a report on Wednesday from a probe into the unauthorised landing of a privately chartered plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said the report was submitted by the directors general who headed the investigation on Tuesday.

Ministers in the justice, crime prevention and security (JCPS) cluster would hold a news briefing soon to announce the outcome of the probe.

"Government appreciates the seriousness of this matter and appeals to the public to exercise patience."

Williams said the cluster was committed to ensuring that the outcome of the investigation resulted in "stringent measures being put in place to avoid a re-occurrence of such incidents in the future".

On 29 April, a plane chartered by the Gupta family, carrying 270 wedding guests, landed at Waterkloof.

Guests were attending the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City.

The landing sparked widespread criticism.

Government said on 3 May that the landing at the national key point was unauthorised and that a probe was underway into a possible breach of diplomatic protocol.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said at the time that five high-ranking officials and military personnel had been suspended over the unauthorised landing.

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

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