SA not a banana republic - Cwele

2013-05-14 22:09
Siyabonga Cwele

Siyabonga Cwele

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Cape Town - South Africa is not a "banana republic" where planes are allowed to land illegally, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Tuesday.

Cwele was reacting to opposition parties' comments that the wealthy and politically-connected Gupta family posed a threat to national security by misusing state resources.

They landed a chartered jet carrying guests for a family wedding at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria - a national key point. Cwele denied the opposition's allegations.

"As the responsible minister I will and I always stop illegal activities, particularly where people use our capacity as intelligence for their private business ventures," he said.

"We will not allow our resources to be utilised for factional, personal, private purposes."

A preliminary report on the matter had been completed.

"The investigating team, which is led by our acting DG [director general Dennis Dlomo], has produced the interim report," he said.

"What is left now is for our convenor in the cluster to co-ordinate us so that we can study the report, take further actions where necessary, and at the appropriate time take our public on board."

Cwele contradicted previous government statements that the landing was unauthorised.

"There was authorisation and we have that information. What is in question is how was that authorisation, that seems was irregular, was done," he said.

The Democratic Alliance and the Congress of the People accused the minister of allowing the Gupta family to use the country's intelligence services to protect them.

"It is your duty to make sure that this will not happen and that you must be seen to act decisively against those institutions who misuse the undue influence they have wrongly conquered. The Guptas are those and you cannot be ignorant about their doings," Cope MP Nick Koornhof said.

- SAPA
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