Sars probing Gupta plane at Waterkloof

2013-05-01 19:14

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Johannesburg - The South African Revenue Services (Sars) has confirmed that custom officials were not present when the Gupta family's private jet landed at the Waterkloof Air Base, SABC news reported on Wednesday.

The plane was used to bring about 200 wedding guests from India to South Africa to attend Vega Gupta's wedding at Sun City.

The public broadcaster said Sars was launching an investigation into why there wasn't an application to have customs available on Tuesday.

It says the Waterkloof Air Base is not designated as an international commercial airport and therefore custom officials are not permanently placed at the base.

The revenue service told the SABC that SA law allowed for special permission for aircraft to land at an airport which is not designated as an international airport.

In such cases customs must be advised and requested beforehand to be available at the time of the landing in order to clear goods and passengers aboard.

But the SABC quoted home affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa as saying immigration officials were made available to "help clear passengers on the plane".

"This was done in line with our broad mandate in the department of home affairs to facilitate movement of persons in and out of the country and in compliance with the immigration laws of the country, Mamoepa said.

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