Gupta jet: Protocol chief under pressure

2013-05-23 10:28

Johannesburg - A report on the controversial landing of a privately chartered plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base revealed that chief of state protocol ambassador Bruce Koloane told other officials he was "under pressure".

"The ambassador stated that he was 'under pressure from number one' on the matter," the report stated, without naming "number one".

The report is the outcome of government-initiated probe into the landing of an aircraft chartered by the Gupta family at Waterkloof Air Force Base - a national key point - and a possible breach of diplomatic protocol. It was released on Wednesday.


According to the report, Koloane told the defence minister's political adviser Michael Ramagoma he was under pressure, when Ramagoma told him on 2 April that he was not in a position to say what progress had been made on a request to land.

The aircraft, which landed on 29 April, was carrying 270 guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City, in North West.

In the report's conclusion, the justice, crime prevention, and security (JCPS) cluster said the widespread criticism of the landing would serve to support the fight against corruption.

"We believe that the unified public voice which condemned the incident, together with decisive government action, serves as a useful basis for the development of a partnership between our people and their government in the fight to combat crime and corruption in our country," it said.

"Notwithstanding the negative findings, the work of the investigating team has brought to light the way public servants... conscientiously and faithfully perform their duties and daily tasks, and whose work is a credit to the country that they serve."

It said the jet's landing at the air force base had brought to the fore serious issues which needed immediate attention.

These included the identified culture of undue influence, underpinned by poor ethical conduct and a lack of professionalism.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-23 10:40

    I wonder who is "number one" Number one South African thief?

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-05-23 10:53

      Either Koloane tell the truth or he must face charges of high treason. If we pride ourselves on being a DEMOCRATIC state someone must be jailed for this!!!

      GeeWizz - 2013-05-23 10:57

      Number one is the president!!!!!!!!!

      Gary Doyle - 2013-05-23 11:02

      Wouldn't it be fantastic, although unlikely if some genuine leaders in the anc could stand up and say enough of jz and his bullsh*t, let's get him out and try move this country forward from this kind of thing. Wishful thinking!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-23 11:26

      and why is it that the Guptas are getting away with this all scott free? Name dropping?

      Olandini - 2013-05-23 11:48

      Here's the number one South African thief in 3d him perform...

      Heathway Masters - 2013-05-23 12:14

      The missing key here, is why the Guptas can exert such extraordinary influence on Zuma. The next commission of enquiry should investigate this issue extensively. Then again, the ANC will simply close ranks to protect this abomination and corrupt president the country had to continuously suffer under. Zuma wants to bring in the “State Protection of Information Bill”, to protect state secrets, whatever these could possibly be as the whole world is our friends (i.e. rampant out of control fraud, criminality and corruption, whose continuous exposures have now become a huge embarrassment to the Government ), yet a bunch of foreign wedding guest on a jolly, can land at the countries high security main airforce base. (They did not pass through customs (bringing in their ecstasy and cocaine to liven up the party) as well as not passing through passport control (just how many Arab terrorists, criminal, murders, undesirables, could have been part of the tour.) Come election time however, and the ANC will yet again come through with a huge majority.

      Phillip Cwazibe - 2013-05-23 13:24

      Is it possible to name drop if one does not know the desires of the person named? Is number 1 name and surname? Googled but did not find person named number 1.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-23 14:28

      Where are you copying and pasting this all from Alicia?

  • Themba Wordsworth - 2013-05-23 10:41

    Slowly but surely will know the truth.

      Janus van Schalkwyk - 2013-05-23 11:34

      How did they conclude their initial report with: "An individual in the Indian High Commission communicated directly with individuals at the Air Force Command Post" when they admit that the Chief of State was under pressure to allow permission to land the plane??

  • JS MysMan - 2013-05-23 10:43

    In all the articles, everyone is talking about suspended officials and police officers and how they will probably lose their jobs. When are we going to start talking about fining the Guptas, or are they going to walk away from this with nothing more than "Naughty boy, don't do it again"?

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-05-23 10:47

    The anc and their so called intelligence department can run around like chickens without heads trying to cover this up but there's far too many involved and the truth as we know it will surface.

      Irene Kambo - 2013-05-23 11:13

      Gary they do know who no 1 is they think we are all idiots who believe whatever they dish up! they cannot realize some of us have brains!

  • Zman Zee - 2013-05-23 10:52

    Who's no.1 exactly? Zuma perhaps?

      Cathy De Jongh - 2013-05-23 11:36

      @curriemafia LOL!

      reality - 2013-05-23 12:02

      William Riker is number 1 (behind Caption Pickard) Then follow the 3 Gupta brothers and at number 6 we find president Zuma. So, William Riker gave the go-ahead in this science fiction thriller

  • Terry Burne - 2013-05-23 10:57

    Really - you got to be seriously 'DOFF' if you don't know who he is referring to as 'Number 1'. The ANC can deny as much as they like - we all know who this is!

  • Matthew Jackson - 2013-05-23 10:58

    Oops Zuma! I think this is the beginning of your end! Remember Jackie Selebi and the friends he kept? Sounds familiar doesn't it? Look where he landed up!! I wouldn't be sleeping well JZ if i were you, your time is coming!!

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-23 10:58

    The truth hurts and I certainly hope it is going to hurt the ANC. All the pomp and ceremony and not a single minister can implicated, and number 1 is in essence a GHOST. It is really bad when they expect intelligent people to swallow all this hog wash.

  • Paul Kershaw - 2013-05-23 11:02

    I'd say that Number 1 is actually a Number 2,in all senses of that description.

  • Albert J Ebeloe - 2013-05-23 11:04

    Under pressure for who and for what? He should've just did what his job description said he must do. Whether this number1 put pressure on him to do something other than his protocol duties states! An independant commision of inquiry should investigate this whole Gupta nonsense, as the suspected parties can't investigate themselves!

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-23 11:04

    I downloaded the report and had a quick read through last night. I was also intrigued by the phrase "number one" without any further reference to who that person might be. Not much of a thorough investigation in my opinion especially when littered with vague references.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-23 11:27

      well - No 1 is probably menat to reas as "No-One"

  • Madumetja April - 2013-05-23 11:14

    which number are you idiot?

      Mello Maase - 2013-05-23 11:37

      u want the poor man to die and leave his kids and later ridicule them.

  • Lavisto Sondhlana Mavisto - 2013-05-23 11:20

    The problem is not Zuma but the ANC , if Zuma was the problem the ANC wouldnot defend him. The ANC benefited from the Guptagate

      Thanduxolo Thandekile Sigwela - 2013-05-23 11:36

      The problem here is Number 1 not the ANC, ANC is an organisation not individuals who are hiding by ANC for personal business interests for example most of the ANC seniors turned down the Guptas invitation.

      Nawhal Majiet-Armien - 2013-05-23 12:11

      then why did the ANC make the State on the news, Gwede acted in his ANC role

      Juanroux Stiffler Greyling - 2013-05-23 12:40

      If Zuma wasn't the problem, he would have sorted this out a long time ago as this was Code Red of the South African security breach. If he wasn't the problem, he would have given a damn about what happened.

  • Mello Maase - 2013-05-23 11:22

    Citizen number one...I know of a number one Lady who is also citen number two. That is the president's wife. I don't know of number one

  • Thanduxolo Thandekile Sigwela - 2013-05-23 11:25

    He puts himself under unnecessary pressure which he does not belong to be under because he received orders from No 1 and the only medicine for him to get healed or free himself from pressure is just to divulge No 1's name

      Mello Maase - 2013-05-23 11:29

      R u serious? Do u know the implications? They range from dismissal (if u r lucky) to death. He will get something to get u out of the system before people know it

  • Zman Zee - 2013-05-23 11:27

    power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Ntombi Mabuyandile Mabuya Mtimande - 2013-05-23 11:30

    We all know who number one is, why did they not land in OR TAmbo in the first place......cause they are connected to the top number one, they are too special to him.

      Vuyani Vuyani - 2013-08-26 10:53

      We deserve the truth now this country does'nt belong to this number one . Its our country this number must come out like they did to Limpompo man

  • Tumelo Mohapi - 2013-05-23 11:34

    its obvious!who is the no: 1 citizen of every country,don't play idiot.

  • Nkosana Mthimkulu - 2013-05-23 11:36

    for this scandals that are happening in RSA hai I realy tired the best thing for me and makdz its to leave this country cos its rotten, you cant really tell who correct whos not cos they are all the same the so called leaders.

  • Olandini - 2013-05-23 11:51

    Notice how the zoomzoom has dis-appeared off the radar - wonder why?

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-23 11:59

      important business .... under a tree .. near Nkandla

      Charles Everley - 2013-05-23 14:01

      because he will not be able to answer the questions for fear of catching himself in the WEB OF LIES we have ben fed

  • Charles Mphahlele - 2013-05-23 11:52

    Number one is 'shower man'

  • Nawhal Majiet-Armien - 2013-05-23 12:08

    fight agaist corruption we have just been told that the president was not part and parcel to this scandal and we believe him(not), so why are they still worried, i mean we know our number one is corrupt, may there number one is not corrupt, its why we have individual voting rights

  • Man Zanilla - 2013-05-23 12:21


  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-05-23 12:23

    Yet every second board in Pretoria is a military one with a bright eyed bushy tailed neatly dressed person who says proudly 'we serve with pride'. Who do they 'serve'?

  • Mark Jack Deppe - 2013-05-23 12:32

    When the Gupta matter went viral, Number one left the country and ordered the spindoctor to appease the electorate. Shows how powerless this man really is when it matters.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-23 13:25

    Well number 1 needs to take a hike because he has shown that, he cannot be trusted, is a rogue, and whatsmore he is a coward for not owning up and allowing other people to take the blame. Now that is what I call cowardice. All those who know who No 1 really is and letting other people get the blame when they were under pressure from No 1 can also be labelled as cowards. This sounds like a cheap James Bond Movie, which should be titled A comedy of errors by No 1.

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-23 13:26

    Who is this number one?

      Vuyani Vuyani - 2013-08-26 10:46

      Yes we need to know this giant

  • Caddelle - 2013-05-23 13:37

    who is No.1? "me, myself, I" if you are an anc government official

  • Truth.speak - 2013-05-23 13:51

    Off course he was under pressure from Zuma, who else. Come on Koloane, be a honest man and tell the truth.

      Vuyani Vuyani - 2013-08-26 10:42

      Koloane must tell the world that who gave him the pressure

  • Theo Joubert - 2013-05-23 15:14

    "The ambassador stated that he was 'under pressure from number one' on the matter," the report stated, without naming "number one". If this so called number one was putting pressure on officials to approve something that would put Sate security at risk. This so called number one should be impeached and/or fired and jailed for treason. Why can this number one not be named or was this bit of information declared a state secret under the yet to be signed Protection of Information Act? Yet another useless report designed to protect the untouchables. (cANCer)

  • Nkhangwe - 2013-05-23 15:33

    Truth will set u free

  • ANASKA - 2013-05-23 15:53

    Bla...Bla....Bla.... - the anc are in the same game just different levels with the same hell, JUST DIFFERENT DEVILS!!

  • John Smith - 2013-05-23 16:21

    I should think he is under pressure! Zuma, who covertly ordered him via the defence minister that he had better cooperate with the commander in chief's buddies. Who knows what to do but comply? If nobody noticed the incident all would have been well! Has this happened before and no one took note?

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