Sars confirms Gupta aircraft investigation
Revenue officials are probing who allowed the private jet to land at an air force base.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African revenue service said on Wednesday it's investigating why customs officials were not present when the Gupta family's wedding guests arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.
Nearly 200 guests touched down from India on Tuesday ahead of a lavish wedding, set to take place at Sun City this week.
There was widespread criticism after the jet landed on Tuesday, with calls for answers as to who allowed the Gupta family and friends to use state resources.
In terms of the Customs Act, Waterkloof Air Force Base is not designated as an international commercial airport. But SARS spokesman Adrian Lackay said the legislation makes provision for special permission to be granted for an aircraft to land at such an airport.
He said in such instances, customs officials are advised and requested to be there in order to clear goods and the passengers. Lackay confirmed that no custom officials were present when the aircraft charted by the Gupta family landed.
SARS is investigating what might have led to the situation.
Meanwhile Home Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa has confirmed immigration officials were present to handle passports.