Zuma govt warned about Guptas - report

2013-05-06 12:35
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2013-05-06 09:05

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s administration was warned two years ago by top state security officials that the Gupta brothers could pose a threat to national security, a report stated on Monday.

A few months apart, starting in 2011, Gibson Njenje, the former head of the State Security Agency’s domestic branch, Moe Shaik, the head of foreign intelligence and Jeff Maqetuka, a director-general at the agency, all resigned after falling out with State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, the Daily Maverick reported.

The cause of all the fall-outs was apparently the Gupta family.

Njenje ordered an investigation into the family’s inappropriate influence on the country’s top political leaders and government officials but Cwele is alleged to have ordered an immediate stop to the probe.

The Maverick report stated that Njenje tried to warn that the Guptas’ behaviour constituted a “threat to national security” and if allowed to continue would compromise the credibility of the state.

From then on, the relationship between Cwele and the directors-general began to sour and eventually the minister asked them to leave.

The Guptas caused a furore last week when a chartered jet carrying guests to the Gupta wedding was allowed to land at the Waterkloof Air Base in Pretoria.

Several officials, including the chief of state protocol at the department of international relations and co-operation, have been suspended following the incident.

Government had appointed a team of directors-general to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident and was expected to report back within seven working days.

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