ANC calls for heads to roll over Waterkloof saga

2013-04-30 22:30
Gwede Mantashe (Picture: AFP)

Gwede Mantashe (Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town - The African National Congress on Tuesday demanded an explanation as to how a private jet was allowed to land at Waterkloof Air Base.

The party wants those who cannot account for what it deemed to be a major security breach to be brought to book.

A Jet Air aircraft, chartered by the prominent Gupta family to bring guests from India for their niece Vega's wedding, landed at the base earlier in the day.

The South African National Defence Force has stuck to its earlier statements, that it was not aware of any permission granted for the Gupta family to use Waterkloof.

"As far as I know, no permission has been granted to a private citizen to use the base. It is a military base and a national key point used by government and its guests," spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini had said earlier, and later confirmed to News24 that their position was unchanged.

The lack of explanation from the SANDF has drawn the ire of the ANC, saying it has waited patiently it to explain to the nation how these private individuals managed to land aircraft at Waterkloof.

In a statement, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said that Waterkloof, as one of the national key points, is declared as such "on the basis of being so important that its loss, damage, disruption or immobilisation may prejudice the Republic".

"... Safeguarding of their sanctity is integral to the protection and upholding of the safety and sovereignty of the Republic.

"The African National Congress, driven by the concern for the safety and sovereignty of South Africa, shall never allow a situation where our ports of entry and National Key Points are penetrated with impunity"

Mantashe demanded that those responsible for granting access to land aircraft in the country also explain the basis upon which such permission was granted, in particular at Waterkloof.

"Those who cannot account must be brought to book," he said in the statement.
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