Monday, May 06, 2013

Gupta to face sanction?

The Department of International Relations on Monday declined to confirm whether the Indian High Commission's Virenda Gupta faced being issued with a demarche showing dissatisfaction, which is a serious diplomatic sanction.
The fallout came after Eyewitness News revealed the unauthorised landing of a private jet chartered by the Gupta family at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last Tuesday.
Almost 200 guests landed at the base to attend a Gupta wedding in Sun City in the North West.
Officials in the department, the air force and police were suspended for their alleged involvement in the so-called Guptagate saga.
At least nine Tshwane Metro Police officers were arrested for their involvement in the debacle.
The department's spokesperson Clayson Monyela said he could not confirm whether government would issue a demarche against Virendra Gupta.
Monyela would further not speculate as to whether this sanction was appropriate considering the allegations.
An official at the high commission said diplomatic staff were in a meeting on Monday and were unavailable for comment.
06/05/13 Barry Bateman/