Sunday, July 07, 2019

Before Auli, Gupta brothers breached national security in South Africa for another wedding

Johannesburg: South Africa's national security was breached when the Jet Airways flight landed at an air force base in April 2013 with 200 guests for a lavish wedding of the Gupta family, one of the country's top generals has told a commission of enquiry.
Judge Ray Zondo-led commission is investigating a number of deals involving government officials, the influential Gupta family and state-owned companies during the presidency of former South African President Jacob Zuma.
Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, who earlier chaired a board of enquiry into the controversial incident, told the Commission that his probe had found that there was gross misrepresentation of the facts relating to the landing of the Jet Airways aircraft at the Waterkloof air force base on April 30.
He said they had been led to believe that ministers of state from India would be landing at the military base.
The request stated that it was just 'ministers from one of the states' and 'ministers from the central level', Lt Gen Mgwebi said, adding there was 'no names, no leader of the delegation'.
"But there were no ministers on the flight," he said.
Lt Gen Mgwebi said there were several incidents which breached national security, citing the fact that guests for the wedding, who were all civilians, were taking pictures of the military base while they waited for transport, also by civilians who came onto the base, and were driven through the base.
06/07/19 PTI/Economic Times

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