Presidency probes Gupta jet saga

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said he expects swift answers.

The Gupta jet parked at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. Picture:

PRETORIA - A full investigation is now underway into what led to the landing authorisation of the Gupta family's privately chartered plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, the Presidency said on Thursday.

On Tuesday, nearly 200 passengers from India arrived at the Pretoria base for the wedding.

The four-day long wedding is underway in Sun City in the North West.

The International Relations Department suspended its head of state protocol as part of its investigation into the matter.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said he expected swift answers.

He said the incident was "very serious".

"I don't think [the investigation] will take too long because it is a straightforward solution."

Chabane said the Gupta guests arrived in the country legally.

"We can confirm that all the guests had visas and valid passports."

The aircraft was ordered to be moved from the Waterkloof base.

The minister said it was also unlikely the guests would get another police escort.

President Jacob Zuma will not be attending the wedding.