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In January 2015 charges against two SANDF officers accused of involvement were withdrawn, one of whom was Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson.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.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1280 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 7157 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1487 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.