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Guptagate probe outcome expected next week

Several ministers say all officials responsible for allowing the Gupta base landing will be dealt with.

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

PRETORIA - Government on Friday admitted South Africa was brought into disrepute through what it termed the "unauthorised landing" of guests attending the Gupta wedding and their treatment in this country.

The Defence, Police and International Relations Departments are all probing alleged irregularities after nearly 200 wedding guests arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The Chief of State Protocol Bruce Koloane was suspended along with four other senior government and military officials.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced several suspensions and arrests, adding that investigations would be completed within a week.

"Our government would like to assure all South Africans and the public at large that no stone will be left unturned. We will ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter and hold all those responsible for bringing our country to disrepute, whatever their position."

Radebe said any breaches committed on arrival would not be repeated.

"Upon the departure we shall ensure that all passengers comply with customs and emigration requirements."

On Thursday, the Gupta family went on record claiming that they "obtained each and every permission" for any and every part of the event.

But International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane contradicted this.

"No executive authority had given any official the go-ahead for this process."

The Indian High Commission would also be called to explain why it violated protocol by allowing the Guptas to land without following proper procedure.

"It is not normal that an official within the embassy, goes to an institution of government in a given country, and starts soliciting permits," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

She further said that appropriate procedures would be followed to deal with this matter.

"We have to follow normal diplomatic measures to deal with this matter."

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