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Pretoria – Government has confirmed that there was no executive authority granted for the landing of an A330 Airbus aircraft belonging to Jet Airways at Waterkloof Air Force Base earlier this week.
This was announced by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Jeff Radebe, at a special media briefing in Pretoria on Friday to address the unauthorised landing of an Indian delegation in a private plane at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. At least two hundred passengers on the aircraft had arrived in the country to attend the Gupta family wedding in Sun City.
“Government has no record of a note verbale from the Indian High Commission notifying [the Department of International Relations] of a visiting delegation requiring diplomatic assistance and aircraft clearance and landing rights.
“The defence attaché of the Indian High Commission sent a request for aircraft clearance directly to the Air Force Command Unit within the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on the 4th of April 2013. The Air Force consulted with the Office of State Protocol at DIRCO and facilitated the clearance of the aircraft without informing the Chief of the SANDF,” Radebe said.
He said the involved officials were placed on special leave following an investigation by government into what he described as "a security breach."
The officials include the Chief of State Protocol at DIRCO, Ambassador B Koloane, Officer Commanding Air Force Command post: Brig Gen L Lombard, Officer Commanding Air Force Base: Brig Gen TS Madumane Movement Control Officer: Lt Col C Anderson from the SANDF and Major General Gela, SAPS Operational Response Services Gauteng Province.

The minister said government had appointed a team of Directors-General to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident and was expected to report back within seven working days.
The Gupta family's chartered jet was then ordered to be moved to OR Tambo international where its operator was fined R80 000 because the aircraft did not have a foreign operator permit, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Friday.

Before departing OR Tambo International on Friday, the wedding guests who arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base earlier this week, were processed through immigration, the department of home affairs said.

"To ensure full compliance with immigration law, upon departure of those visitors who attended the wedding at Sun City, we have processed 207 passengers and 12 crew members," spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

He said the department ensured that the number of passengers who alighted at the air force base in Pretoria coincided with the number of visitors who had been scheduled to depart for India on Friday.

“The government would like to assure the South African public that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter, and hold all those responsible for bringing our country into disrepute whoever they are and whatever position they hold,” said Radebe.

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