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No investigation into Gupta plane incident, says SANDF

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Ministers protecting Zuma, vents Malema

Main Topix: CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng - President Jacob Zuma
Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday led a stinging attack against several ANC bigwigs for being too scared of President Jacob Zuma to challenge him for wrongdoing.

Guptagate colonel could be cleared

Main Topix: Town - Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson - Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia
(Picture: Beeld)Cape Town - Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson – who allegedly allowed the Gupta’s chartered aircraft to land at Waterkloof Airforce Base - could have charges against her withdrawn.According to the Sunday Times, Pikkie Greeff, acting on behalf of Anderson, said the acting chief prosecutor for the Thaba Tshwane military base, Colonel Francis Botha, had told him the case could be withdrawn. Botha apparently told him that a presentation had been made to the director of military prosecutions, Brigadier General Ruben Mabangata, to withdraw the charges.Greef said that according to Botha there may not be enough evidence to continue, reported the newspaper.Anderson’s attorney, Jean Griesel, said Botha’s office had been dragging its feet. A defence spokesperson said however that information on Anderson’s case would be provided on Monday.Matters came to a head last year when a chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying more than 200 guests for the wedding of Vega Gupta, aged 23, and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the base in April.The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter, or in police-escorted vehicles,...
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Zuma denies Guptagate claims

Main Topix: National Defence Force - President Jacob Zuma
File: President Jacob Zuma denied claims by SA National Defence Force officials that he was involved in the "Guptagate" scandal. CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied claims by SA National Defence Force officials that he was involved in the "Guptagate" scandal. "No, I have no prior knowledge, involvement or communication relating to the landing of a private plane at AFB [Air Force Base] Waterkloof," he said while answering questions in the National Assembly. The president is neither directly or indirectly involved in the authorisation of civilian aircraft landing at airports such as AFB Waterkloof. "Mr Speaker, a senior official in the SANDF stated under oath that a call was received from Mr Bruce Koloane informing her the president wanted to know and I quote 'if everything is still on track for the flight'," Mazibuko said. "If the answer is that he did not know about the landing, can the president explain to this House how it could possibly be the case in light of the fact that the landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base included three fixed-wing...

Guptagate officials to learn fate

Main Topix: Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson - Lieutenant Colonel Christo Van Zyl
Guests arrive at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria for the wedding of Vega Gupta. The fate of four SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officials implicated in the Guptagate scandal is expected to be revealed today. Colonel Nomsa Khumalo, Lieutenant Colonel Christo Van Zyl, Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, and Warrant Officer Thabo Ntshisi will appear in the military court at the Thaba Tshwane military base in Pretoria. The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter or in police-escorted vehicles, to the ceremony at Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City in North West....

Guptagate decision due

Main Topix: National Defence Force - Vega Gupta And Indian
The fate of four SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officials implicated in the Guptagate scandal is expected to be revealed on Tuesday. Colonel Nomsa Khumalo, Lt-Col Christo Van Zyl, Lt-Col Christine Anderson, and Warrant Officer Thabo Ntshisi will appear in the military court at the Thaba Tshwane military base in Pretoria. They have been charged with contravening various sections of the military defence code (MDC). A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying more than 200 guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the base in April. The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter or in police-escorted vehicles, to the ceremony at Sun City's Palace of the Lost City in North West. If these four are charged, then alot of questions must be asked as to why, because that order must have come from the very top. Jobs at ANN7 waiting or another Gupta business waiting?...
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Soldiers in court over illegal Gupta landing

Main Topix: National Defence Union - Jet Airways
The charge sheet against soldiers involved the Guptagate saga has been "substantially watered down”, the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) said on Tuesday (29/10/2013). "The question of the president as a witness as been taken out of the loop now... "It seems to me that this matter has become somewhat of a political hot potato to the government. One can only speculate as to whether that is the reason for the watering down of the charges,” said Greeff. He said crucial evidence during the trial would be given by the chief of the SA Air Force, who would be called as the State’s main witness. "It seems that the military’s view of the matter is that these officers are guilty of some military offence for their role in the Gupta landing, but it’s not clear what that role is alleged to have been. It will only be clear from the final charge sheet what exactly the charges are,” he said. "In terms of the MDC and the Defence Act there are certain offences that a soldier can commit which are...

Guptagate: Soldiers awaiting trial date

Main Topix: Waterkloof Air Force Base - South African Air Force
Crucial evidence during the trial would be given by the chief of the South African Air Force, who would be called as the State's main witness. The trial date of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members facing charges relating to the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base has yet to be set. The date will be set by the military's prosecuting authorities, South African National Defence Union national secretary Pikkie Greeff said on Tuesday. Three SANDF members – Lieutenant Colonel Christo Van Zyl, Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, and Warrant Officer Thabo Ntshisi – appeared in the military court inside the Thaba Tshwane military base in Pretoria on Tuesday. Speaking outside the court Greeff said that as preparations gathered momentum for the trial, the soldiers' representatives could ask for further particulars of the case. Greeff said the charge sheet against the soldiers had been "substantially watered down". He said crucial evidence during the trial would be given by the chief of the South African Air Force, who would be called as the State's main witness. A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet...

Guptagate: Fate of SANDF officials to be revealed

Main Topix: Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson - South African National Defence Force
Four SANDF officials implicated in the Guptagate saga will appear in military court to have their fate revealed to them. Four South African National Defence Force officials have been charged with contravening various sections of the military defence code. The fate of four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials implicated in the Guptagate scandal is expected to be revealed on Tuesday. Colonel Nomsa Khumalo, Lieutenant Colonel Christo Van Zyl, Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, and Warrant Officer Thabo Ntshisi will appear in the military court at the Thaba Tshwane military base in Pretoria. They have been charged with contravening various sections of the military defence code. A chartered commercial aircraft, Jet Airways flight JAI 9900 from India, ferrying more than 200 guests to the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia, landed at the base in April. The passengers were then transported, either by light aircraft, helicopter or in police-escorted vehicles, to the ceremony at Sun City's Palace of the Lost City in North West. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Democratic Alliance said Parliament should investigate Zuma's alleged involvement in the landing of...
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DA wants Parliament to investigate Zuma for role in Guptagate

Main Topix: South African National Defence Force - National Assembly Nomaindia Mfeketo
Parliament should investigate President Jacob Zuma's alleged involvement in the landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday. Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson reportedly said in an affidavit at a military tribunal that she was told by Bruce Koloane that Zuma had been aware of the plan and had personally asked about progress. Allegations about Zuma's involvement were refuted as hearsay by the presidency last week. On Tuesday, Mazibuko said: "In response to my request and substantive motion, the then acting speaker of the National Assembly Nomaindia Mfeketo maintained that these reports did not constitute prima facie evidence for an investigation to take place. She said Mfeketo's reasoning was flawed as the reports of Zuma's involvement in the April 30 landing emanated from an affidavit. Nothing in the Constitution, the Public Protector Act, or the Executive Ethics Act prevented Parliament from conducting a parallel investigation to the public protector's. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Wednesday that sharing information about the military tribunal into the aircraft's landing was against the...
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