It should be frowned upon for a minister or proxy to call a CEO of a state entity enquiring about opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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Former South African Air Force officer Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson testifies at the Zondo commission that she was under the impression the infamous Gupta Waterkloof landing was the "wish" of then president Jacob Zuma.
Despite former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane admitting that he abused his diplomatic powers in order to facilitate the Gupta Waterkloof landing in 2013, then-minister of international relations and cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane still wrote to former president Jacob Zuma, recommending him as ambassador to the Netherlands.
"When she mentioned that the president knows [about the visit] and how many people can be accommodated, I then took a decision [to issue the clearance number]".
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.
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.
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.
Former president Jacob Zuma was fully aware of the role played by former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane in facilitating the Gupta Waterkloof landing in 2013 before appointing him as South African ambassador to the Netherlands, the state capture inquiry has heard.
Former international relations and cooperation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has told the state capture inquiry that she only became aware of the Gupta's Waterkloof landing in 2013 when it was reported on television.
An Indian court has denied Naresh Goyal, founder of India’s once largest airline by market value, permission to fly overseas after the government told the court a $2.6 billion fraud investigation involving Jet Airways India is underway.
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.
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".
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