Cops who escorted Gupta guests in trouble

Police Minister says all cops who escorted the Guptas and their guests to Sun City will be dealt with.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa speaks during a government media briefing on 14 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency on Friday said the landing of the Gupta's private jet at Waterkloof Air Force Base will be dealt with as a threat to national security if investigations conclude that the appropriate procedures were not followed.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should by Friday have a preliminary report into police officers who allegedly escorted the Guptas and their guests to Sun City.

Nearly 200 guests arrived at Waterkloof Air Force Base on Tuesday for a wedding which is currently underway at the North West resort.

The Defence, Police and International Relations Ministry's launched separate investigations into alleged irregularities.

On Thursday, Mthethwa instructed Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to investigate whether any policies were flouted.

It's unclear whether any announcements relating to this will be made at a top-level security cluster briefing on Friday.

Mthethwa said there are reports suggesting that police blue lights may have been illegally fitted onto private vehicles and anyone found to have worked outside the law must be dealt with as the police's reputation was at stake.

But questions remain about the deployment of elite units and cars to escort the Gupta family with some reports suggesting off-duty officers were in fact called in.

There is also footage of clearly marked police cars escorting guests.

The police have remained silent and refused to answer any questions surrounding the scandal.