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The money used for the Gupta family's big 2013 Sun City wedding allegedly came from the Vrede dairy farm and two current MPs collected it, the state capture inquiry has heard.
Former department of international relations and cooperation director-general Jerry Matjila says he became aware of the Gupta Waterkloof air for base landing only after the family's plane had touched down.
Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, the acting director general of the military veterans department and head of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster investigation, has testified at the commission of inquiry into state capture.
While witnesses at the state capture inquiry have been flip-flopping around whether they received a proper, or any, note-verbale, which would have seemingly allowed the Guptas to land their commercial aircraft at Waterkloof military base, a senior department official has thrown this argument out the window.
Major Thabo Ntshisi, who works at the Waterkloof military base's command post, says he was not happy with the authorisation for the infamous Gupta Waterkloof landing, adding he had no power to go against orders.
The Zondo commission of inquiry has confirmed that it is looking into the 2013 Gupta Waterkloof landing matter, this after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's recent announcement that she had opted to scrap the investigation.
In a statement, the Public Protector says that the claims "served no purpose".
KPMG suffered another blow to its reputation when the Institute of Directors announced it is temporarily suspending all co-branded activities with the auditing firm.
The wedding of the Gupta brothers’ niece in 2013 at Sun City was one of the most lavish celebrations the country has ever seen. But leaked emails show that they were much less eager to settle the bill at the end of it.
A board of inquiry says the charges against two of the officers implicated in the landing of a plane chartered by the Gupta family at Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013, are baseless.
Major Thabo Ntshisi has denied that he approved the Gupta aircraft landing at Waterkloof in 2013 as a means to gain favour with former head of state protocol Bruce Koloane for a job he wanted.
Former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane, who is now South Africa's ambassador to the Netherlands, told the state capture commission of inquiry he had no authority to approve the landing of the Gupta aircraft at Waterkloof air force base.
The chief of South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that despite Major Thabo Ntshisi being implicated in the infamous Gupta Waterkloof landing, he was always going to be promoted.
Dirco senior foreign affairs assistant William Matjila has told the Zondo commission that he started to realise there were irregularities surrounding the 2013 Gupta's Waterkloof landing when he did not receive the required diplomatic correspondence.
"Name dropping" has cropped up numerous times at the state capture commission of inquiry, mainly relating to the country's former "Number 1", Jacob Zuma.
Former Public Protector says her investigation into the Gupta Waterkloof landing in 2013 was thoroughly investigated, with interviews and hard evidence gathered. This week, it was revealed that her successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane had scrapped the investigation.
KPMG SA's new chairperson says he took the job to fix the damage done to the entire chartered accountancy profession.
The Hawks have confirmed that they are probing whether the controversial Gupta family used public funds for a family wedding at Sun City in 2013.
Attorneys representing Lieutenant-Colonel Stefan van Zyl, who was suspended over the Guptagate saga, has served the minister of defence with court papers demanding his immediate reinstatement as an SA Air Force officer.
Charges have been dropped against another pair of officers involved in the Gupta plane landing scandal, it has been reported.
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