'Guptagate' may be raised at ANC meet

2013-05-17 22:14
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Pretoria - The debacle around the alleged unauthorised landing of a private chartered jet at Waterkloof Air Force Base may be discussed at the ANC’s national executive committee meeting underway in Pretoria.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told reporters on Friday that delegates could raise the subject at the three-day summit.

"That matter did not arise in the national working committee report. I do not know whether it will arise, indeed it may come through the discussions.

"At the moment the discussions have not yet happened, therefore I cannot foretell [whether the issue will come up]. I am not a witchdoctor."

He said the summit began by receiving a national working committee report, instead of with the usual presidential overview, because President Jacob Zuma had been on a working visit to Russia.

Mthembu said Zuma would address the conference after discussions on the national working committee report.

Government said neither the international relations and co-operation department nor the presidency granted executive authority for the aircraft, chartered by the Gupta family, to land at the base.

News of the landing at a national key point drew an outcry from political parties and organisations. The Gupta brothers are thought to be close to President Jacob Zuma.

Five high-ranking officials and military personnel were suspended.

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

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