Use of Gupta jet needs explaining - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 26, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed it will be launching an investigation into allegations that the Department of Defence rented a private jet, belonging to the controversial Gupta family, for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to Japan this past weekend.

Earlier today, Eyewitness News reported that the department authorised the hiring of a Bombardier Global Express 6000 business jet for use by Ramaphosa and a number of high ranking delegates on a state visit to the country.

It has been reported that the plane, which took off from the Waterkloof Air Force base on Friday night under the call sign “South Africa 2”, is registered to an investment company and operated by private carrier ExecuJet, both belonging to the government connected family, while the former also employs President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, as one of its directors.

“The department claims they had no idea the plane belonged to the Guptas, saying that the leasing of planes – when the government planes are not available – is done through a central contract managed by the government through National Treasury.

“Given the fact that the Gupta’s are yet again involved with the Waterkloof Air Force Base, the questions surrounding this must be answered fully and urgently in the interests of transparency,” party Shadow Minister for Defence and Military Veterans, Kobus Marais, said in a statement.

The delegation is reported to arrive back later this evening.

 

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