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ANC wants Gupta landing investigated

DA has echoed the ANC's sentiments in demanding answers after the Gupta's landed a jet at Waterkloof airbase.

Guests arrive at the Waterkloof Air Force Base for the Gupta wedding. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe Mantashe remains adamant President Jacob Zuma would never have given permission for the Gupta family to land their privately chartered aircraft at Waterkloof air force base.

Mantashe, who is also calling for an investigation into the matter told Talk Radio 702 the landing had nothing to do with Zuma.

He said the ANC will be approaching Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula directly to get answers.

"We will be speaking to the Minister directly to get answers of the logic behind this. To us it doesn't make sense."

Mantashe said the ANC will demand that those responsible for granting access to land the aircraft in the country explain the basis upon which such permission was granted.

The party wants those responsible for what it deems to be a major security breach to be brought to book.

Nearly 200 guests arrived at the base from India on Tuesday ahead of a lavish wedding set to take place at the Sun City later this week.

Meanwhile, the Defence Force stuck to its earlier statements that it was not aware of any authorisation granted for the Gupta family to use Waterkloof.

The Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler-Barnard said on Wednesday she submitted parliamentary questions to the relevant ministers on the issue.

She said, "There is absolutely no justifiable reason why the Gupta family should have been afforded the use of State resources for a family wedding. They should have made use of Lanseria or OR Tambo International Airport. This shows how much influence the family has over government."

Meanwhile, the Gupta family have been accused of piggybacking their wedding guests on privileges enjoyed by a diplomatic delegation when they touched down in their private jet.

They were given full police escorts and were driven in luxury vehicles.

The Gupta family is said to have close ties with President Jacob Zuma.

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