Friday, May 03, 2013

How did an Indian wedding party land at a South African military base?

South Africa suspended four top security officials on Friday, including two brigadier-generals, in a widening scandal over a plane chartered by a family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma using an air force base without proper permission.

The affair - dubbed "Guptagate" after the influential Indian-born Gupta family - has transfixed South Africa since the private flight landed at Pretoria's Waterkloof Air Force base on Tuesday with nearly 200 guests for a lavish family wedding.

In a news conference attended by six cabinet ministers, justice minister Jeff Radebe promised to find out how the plane was allowed to land at the base, one of South Africa's most important military sites.

"There was no executive authority granted for this plane to land. That is the bottom line," Radebe said. "Whatever permission was there was an unauthorised one." Full story...

Read also: South Africa govt in crisis over wedding scandal...

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