Saturday, May 04, 2013

Zuma welcomes probe into Gupta jet landing


President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the investigations underway into the landing of a Gupta family-chartered jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.
"The president is kept abreast by the ministers on the steps that are being taken to establish what happened in order to prevent a recurrence, and to ensure that whoever is found to have breached regulations and procedures is brought to book," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.
He said Zuma emphasised that the investigation should not be allowed to impact negatively on the relations between South Africa and India.
Earlier, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters that the investigations could include looking into the role the Gupta family played in the saga.
A committee of directors general had been given seven working days to complete a probe and report to Cabinet on how the jet was allowed to illegally land at the air force base in Pretoria.
The jet chartered by the wealthy and politically-connected Gupta family landed at the base – a national key point – on Tuesday. It was carrying guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta (23) to Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City, North West.
03/05/13 Mail & Guardian