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Ministers promise action on Guptagate

Ministers say swift action will be taken on those involved in allowing the Guptas to land at Waterkloof.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe speaks during a government media briefing on 14 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Friday said a team of directors general have seven days to report back on an investigation into the controversial Gupta landing at Waterkloof Air Base in Pretoria.

Radebe was speaking at a high-level briefing in Pretoria together with various ministers.

The Defence, Police and International Relations Ministry's are all probing alleged irregularities of the so-called 'Guptagate' saga, after nearly 200 Gupta wedding guests arrived at the Pretoria base on Tuesday morning.

The Chief of State Protocol Bruce Koloane has already been suspended.

Radebe has described the arrival of Gupta's guests as an "unauthorised landing".

He said, "Government is gravely concerned at this violation of security protocol and a total disregard of established practice for clearing the landing of an aircraft in a military facility that is of strategic importance to our country."

He added that it was of concern that the aircraft carried passengers who did not fit the category of government officials or VIPs on official duty.

Nearly 200 guests arrived at the Pretoria base on Tuesday for a wedding which is currently underway at Sun City.

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