Guptagate: What you need to know

Where it began...

The Guptagate saga started in April 2013 when a commercial plane landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base, a national key point. The plane was carrying about 200 guests who were going to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia.


(Picture courtesy of Beeld)

Days later, government announced a multi-department probe and several suspensions and arrests of officials. The scandal reached all the way to the top with President Jacob Zuma, a long-time friend of the wealthy Indian family, accused of having given permission for the landing. He denied the claim.


President Jacob Zuma (File, Sapa)

Who was charged

A government report found that former chief of state protocol, Bruce Koloane, and the SANDF’s Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson were in serious breach of their duties. The probe also found that 194 government officials and 88 state vehicles were used in the incident.

                                 Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson (Beeld)

Eleven Tshwane metro police officers were accused of providing unofficial security to wedding guests.  

                           Metro policeTshwane metro police (File, Tshwane metro police)

Who took the fall and who got off

Koloane ended up being the biggest fall guy. He pleaded guilty to all charges relating to his involvement. Koloane was demoted but later got a diplomatic post to a key European position.

Eight of the 11 charged Tshwane metro officers also pleaded guilty to their charges.

In January 2015 charges against two SANDF officers accused of involvement were withdrawn, one of whom was Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson. She also claimed to have SMSes linking President Zuma to the controversy.

  
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