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Cwele to be grilled on Gupta probe

The DA will ask Minister Siyabonga Cwele whether he suppressed an investigation into the family.

The Gupta jet, seen leaving Waterkloof Air Force Base on Thursday 2 May 2013. Picture: Paul Treleven.

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele is expected to be asked in Parliament whether he suppressed an investigation into the influence wielded by the Gupta family.

A wedding hosted by the Guptas was the subject of several top-level investigations, and led to numerous arrests and the suspension of high-ranking officials.

This after Eyewitness News revealed that around 200 wedding guests used the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria to land in South Africa, allegedly without proper authorisation.

The influential family, which owns the New Age newspaper and a large part of Sahara Computers, apologised to the country for the scandal.

The Gupta family is seen as having close ties with President Jacob Zuma.

Several of president's close relatives are in business with the family, including Zuma's son Duduzane.

The Gupta wedding took place in Sun City in the North West last week.

Reacting to reports that an investigation into the Gupta family was politically suffocated two years ago, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Shadow Defence Minister David Maynier wanted answers on the so-called Guptagate saga.

Maynier is due to pose formal questions to the State Security Department this week and should, in theory, receive a reply within 10 days.

"We need to know whether it is true whether the military intervened in the investigation into the Gupta family and why the minister intervened."

At the same time, government is expected to complete its investigation into the latest scandal this week.

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