“Gupta jet an open secret” - Sandu

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 28, 2015

The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) has reportedly confirmed that government officials were aware that the charted jet, used by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation on a state visit to Japan last week, belonged to the controversial Gupta family.

In an interview with Eyewitness News (EWN), Sandu spokesperson Pikke Greeff said the Bombardier Global Express 6000, belonging to private carrier ExecuJet, was rushed through security clearance before the trip after it was previously not registered to carry officials.

“There is no way that the Presidency in this specific case could say that it did not know who the plane belonged to,” Greeff said.

On Wednesday, department spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini confirmed it had authorised the use of the plane as part of a government agreement with ExecuJet.

It has been reported that the jet, which left the Waterkloof Air Force Base under the call sign “South Africa 2” last Friday night, belonged to an investment firm owned by the Guptas and headed by President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, as one of its directors.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is expected to address the allegations at a media briefing later today.

 

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