Auditor-General to probe 'Guptagate'

The DA has welcomed the decision by the Auditor-General to probe the Gupta scandal.

FILE: Auditor-General Terence Nombembe speaks on reports relating to audits of national and provincial government departments. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday that it had received a letter from the Office of the Auditor-General, Terence Nombembe, confirming that his office will investigate the so called Guptagate scandal.

It is the latest in a series of probes by various departments after Eyewitness News revealed last Tuesday that a chartered plane carrying 200 Gupta wedding guests made a controversial landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.

At least nine Tshwane Metro Police Officers have been arrested for escorting the guests to Sun City.

The DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard said, "We welcome the investigation, we did ask for it and he's agreed to do it. We trust that all the government departments involved in distribution of state resources will fully cooperate."

Several officials from the International Relations, Air Force and the Police have been suspended over the debacle.