ANC issues stunning Gupta Wedding Plane statement
As two government departments duke it out publicly, over stunningly botched communication in the wake of the Gupta wedding plane debacle, the ANC has now waded into the fray.
In a late night statement, from the office of party Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, a demand is made for answers.
The statement says the ANC has been waiting "patiently" for an explanation from the SANDF, as to how permission was obtained for the privately chartered jet to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base - supposedly the most strategic and important base in the country.
The plane was ferrying 204 people, all heading to the lavish wedding of one of the Guptas, which will run for a full week at Sun City.
The statement, which repeats the phrase "national key point" four times, also references the sovreignty and security of the Republic.
It does not, however, demand answers from the SAPS, who, judging by the instant availability of a sizeable blue light brigade, had also been deployed to help.
The ANC's full statement follows
The African National Congress has learnt that guests of a family hosting some wedding at Sun City landed at the Waterkloof Airforce Base today. Waterkloof is one of our country's National Key Points. A National Key Point is declared on the basis of being "so important that its loss, damage, disruption or immobilization may prejudice the Republic". National Key Points are further designated as such on the understanding that the safeguarding of their sanctity is integral to the protection and upholding of the safety and sovereignty of the Republic.
The African National Congress waited patiently for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the body delegated with authority over the Waterkloof Airforce Base, to explain to the nation how these private individuals managed to land aircraft at Waterkloof. Up until now, no explanation has been forthcoming. The African National Congress, driven by the concern for the safety and sovereignty of South Africa, shall never allow a situation where our ports of entry and National Key Points are penetrated with impunity.
We demand that those who are responsible for granting access to land aircraft in our country also explain the basis upon which such permission was granted, particularly to land at Waterkloof Airforce Base. Those who cannot account must be brought to book. The African National Congress will never rest where there is any indication that all and sundry may be permitted to undermine the Republic, it's citizens and its borders. We again make the call, even at this late hour, to the SANDF to explain how this private aircraft landed at Waterkloof Airforce Base; our National Key Point.