Guptagate: Disciplinary hearing underway
Chief of State Protocol Vusi Bruce Koloane was suspended over the Gupta landing debacle.
PRETORIA – The disciplinary hearing of suspended Chief Of State Protocol Vusi Bruce Koloane who was implicated in the Guptagate scandal is now underway according to the Department of International Relations.
The department’s Clayson Monyela said the process is expected to be concluded within the next three weeks.
In April, Eyewitness News uncovered the controversial landing at Waterkloof Airforce Base where close to 200 wedding guests came to South Africa to attend a Gupta wedding at Sun City.
An investigation by government recommended swift action against several officials in the defence force and the international relations department who were found to have undermined procedures.
It is unclear whether Koloane benefited personally in exchange for helping the Guptas bypass the Defence Minister's decision to deny them space at the airport.
Government released a full report on the scandal in May.
In the 30 page document, Director-Generals said the Indian High Commission did admit to the International Relations Department it has not asked for this permission and agreed that it was a lapse of diplomatic protocol.
They said the diplomatic process was abused for the wedding guests.
The report said that because there was poor visibility during the landing and that not all the proper systems were in place at the time there could have been potentially catastrophic consequences if any unforeseen event had occurred.
The report also said Koloane was under pressure from someone more senior to help the Gupta family.
Meanwhile, the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Siphiwe Dlamini says the organisation submitted the government report to those implicated and has requested a response.
He however gave no indication of a deadline for when the SANDF expects the matter to be wrapped up.
Dlamini says he can’t comment further on the issue because the matter is sub judicae.
(Edited by Gia Kaplan)