Mahlobo ducks Gupta plane curveball in NCOP

2016-02-23 18:42
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Cape Town – State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday ducked a question on what was on the Gupta wedding plane when it landed at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013.

While Mahlobo was addressing the National Council of Provinces, DA NCOP member Farhat Essack asked him: "Besides passengers to a wedding, what else did the Gupta family bring in?"

Mahlobo told Essack he should provide facts to back up what he read in newspapers before government would respond, otherwise Essack should not cast aspersions.

On April 30 2013, a Jet Airways charter flight landed at Air Force Base Waterkloof Air Force Base, carrying guests invited to a Gupta family wedding at Sun City. It set off a scandal over the use of a military installation for a private landing.

Mahlobo assured the NCOP that legislative mechanisms were in place to recover illicit outflows and inflows from the country.

Earlier, at a press briefing in Parliament, he said at least $50bn had left African shores and that discussions were under way with international authorities to try and recoup this money.

In the NCOP he expanded on this and said money or goods could not be returned if other countries did not "play ball".

"We know them. We know the individuals. We know every day who brings how much."

The seizure of millions of dollars at the Lebombo border post with Mozambique from secret compartments in vehicles was an example of the intelligence network's success.

"Crime is being brought down. We took that money," he said, adding that there had been several busts at airports including OR Tambo International and Lanseria.

The security cluster was also making inroads into rhino poaching, he said.

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