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Police investigate Gupta blue-lights

Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s said private security may have moonlighted as police for the Guptas.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Mtethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday said he is investigating whether fake police officers provided blue-light escort for Gupta family wedding guests.

This is the latest top level police investigation into allegations of moonlighting and the misuse of blue lights.

Police remained silent about the alleged deployment of officers from elite units to escort guests to the wedding party at Sun City in the North West

On Thursday, the police ministry issued a hard-hitting statement on the matter.

Mthethwa said he instructed Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to investigate whether rules were flaunted in the allocation of state resources for the private event.

He also wanted Phiyega to investigate claims that blue-lights may have been placed on civilian vehicles.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said it could be possible that the officers may have been from a private security company.

The minister said a preliminary report was expected by the end of Thursday.

Earlier, the Presidency said it was not inappropriate for ministers to attend the wedding.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies were both spotted at the wedding.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said he was unable to attend because of other engagements.

"Many people received invitations to attend," he added.

Earlier, Chabane confirmed that President Jacob Zuma would not be attending the wedding because he was going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Government condemned the landing of the Gupta family's private plane at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria and launched an investigation into the matter.

Nearly 200 guests arrived at the Centurion base on Tuesday ahead of the four-day long wedding.