Guptagate: 3rd time for No 1

2013-10-06 06:00

Seven helicopters carrying Gupta family wedding guests were authorised to fly from Air Force Base Waterkloof because the “Indian delegation” was to meet “No 1” in Pilanesberg, North West.

This revelation, contained in a preliminary report by the board of inquiry investigating the controversial landing of the Guptas’ private jet at Waterkloof, follows the news earlier this week that, in an affidavit, Lieutenant General Christine Anderson directly implicated President Jacob Zuma (No 1) as knowing about the landing.

Anderson said that the then chief of state protocol, Bruce Koloane, phoned her on one occasion, saying he had just returned from a meeting with Zuma and that the president wanted to know if everything was on track with the Gupta flight.

It has also emerged that the board of inquiry wants the defence department to lodge a formal complaint against Koloane for “misleading” air force officials to authorise the landing.

» Read the full story in City Press newspaper today.

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