Guptagate: more questions than answers

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May 2 - Government ministers have been scrambling to pass the buck in the so-called Guptagate scandal. Four separate investigations have been launched into how the wealthy well-connected Indian family was able to fly into Waterkloof military airport.

Johannesburg - Government is expected to provide more answers this morning on what's being called the Guptagate scandal.

In what seems to be an attempt to do damage control, investigations have been launched by the Ministries of Police, Justice, International Relations and Cooperation, and Defence.

Four separate investigations will look into how 200 Gupta wedding guests were able to fly into Waterkloof Air Force Base.

In recent developments, the Jet Airways plane used has been evicted from Waterkloof and sent to OR Tambo International Airport.

The police minister has claimed their convoy may have illegally used blue-lights and some security personnel may had been masquerading as police officers.

Various high ranking government officials have passed the buck on exactly whose head must roll in the saga, however, State Protocol Chief Bruce Koloane has been suspended.

Koloane is accused of going behind the back of the defence ministry to arrange the Waterkloof landing.

The ministers have made it clear that President Jacob Zuma has done nothing wrong despite President Jacob Zuma's close ties with the Guptas.

Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma is a board member of several businesses owned by the Guptas.

In a statement by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, he said that Zuma would not be attending the four-day wedding celebrations held at Sun City Resort's The Palace of the Lost City.

"If there would be any request that came to the Presidency, it would have come to me. You can get it from me, I did not receive any requests.”

As yet, no one in government has been able to explain why a career diplomat like Bruce Koloane would risk a treason charge by overriding the defence force and arranging for the Gupta plane to land at a national keypoint.

International Relations is also pointing fingers at the Indian High Commission.

High Commissioner Virendra Gupta has been absent from his office since Monday.

The commission says he is not part of the family. 
 

-eNCA

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