Charge Guptas with high treason - Malema

Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema has called on the NPA to take action against the Gupta family.

Julius Malema addressing striking workers from the Beatrix Mine in and the members of the community at the Meloding Stadium in the Free State Province on 9 October, 2012. Picture: Taurau Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema has called for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to charge the Gupta family with high treason following the landing of a private jet at the Waterkloof Air Force base last Tuesday.

The Gupta's plane landed there without any permission and they were escorted to Sun City for a family wedding with an illegal blue light convoy.

Five officials have since been suspended and nine Tshwane metro policemen arrested.

Malema has echoed a call by the South African National Defence Union (Sandu) that government is using lower ranking officials as scapegoats and says it should show its independence by charging the family itself.

"What the Guptas have done is a serious breach of security. They've done that at the highest level and therefore it requires that we take serious action because those people had the intention to undermine our national security."

The Gupta family on Saturday issued an apology to the country following the debacle.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News reported the jet chartered by the wealthy Gupta family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

It was ordered to leave the base and then depart from OR Tambo International two days later.

The Guptas private jet took off from OR Tambo with 207 passengers and 12 crew members after 10pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Northwest Province has warned that thousands of its members, who work at Sun City, may go on strike over allegations of racism at the Gupta Wedding this week.

The union maintains there are claims that the Gupta family insisted that only white and Indian staff cook for and drive the guests.

However, Sun International says it would never agree to let guests dictate the colour of their staff.