Four suspended, three arrested over Guptagate
Johannesburg - Government has suspended four officials in connection with the Guptagate debacle.
Two Tshwane Metro Police officials and a police reservist have been arrested for allegedly moonlighting for the security company which escorted the Gupta wedding party.
These and other shocking revelations were made in a press conference held this morning in Pretoria, by the Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster.
Addressing the media briefing, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said “government would like to assure the South African public that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter, and hold all those responsible for bringing our country into disrepute - whoever they are and whatever position they hold.”
Those investigating the matter have been given seven days to report back to senior government officials.
Those suspended are:
- Officer Commanding Air Force Command post: Brigadier General L Lombard
- Officer Commanding Air Force Base: Brigadier General TS Madumane
- Movement Control Officer: Lieutenant Colonel C Anderson and
- Major General Gela: SAPS Operational Response Services Gauteng Province
Earlier this week the Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Bruce Koloane was suspended.
Meanwhile Radebe said the preliminary investigation has revealed that vehicles transporting the Gupta wedding guests were not police vehicles.
“These vehicles were identified as hired from S&M Transportation in Pretoria. A criminal case has been registered against the owner for illegally using the emergency lights and fitting false registration plates. The investigation is continuing.”
“It has also been established that some members of the contracted security company are members of both the SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police,” Radebe said.
He added that the involvement of marked SAPS vehicles is still under investigation.