Moonlighting Gupta cops in hot water

Cops who escorted guests to Sun City have been charged and are under investigation.

Guests arrive at the Waterkloof Air Force Base for the Gupta wedding. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The Tshwane municipality is set to suspend the nine metro police officers who allegedly escorted the Gupta family wedding guests to Sun City.

Eyewitness News broke the story on 30 April that a private jet chartered by the Gupta family carrying over 200 wedding guests, had landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base without following normal procedures.

So far, officials from International Relations, the Police Ministry and the Air Force were suspended for their part in the debacle.

The nine Tshwane metro police officers have two days to explain why they should not be suspended.

If they fail to do so they will be relieved of their duties.

Police management served letters on those implicated in the so-called Guptagate saga on Tuesday.

Metro police's Isaac Mahamba declined to say what the officers have been charged with, only that their investigation is ongoing.

It is understood the men fitted false number plates and blue lights to their private vehicles.

Government has moved swiftly in the wake of the scandal following several probes into the illegal landing.

Several departments including the Department of Defence and the Police Ministry have also launched internal probes to get to the bottom of the incident.

The Indian High Commission is hosting a press conference on Thursday to explain its part in the debacle.

Meanwhile, the Gupta jet may have disrupted scheduled flights at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Plane tracking data showed that the Gupta wedding guests had a sightseeing flight over the capital city before landing at the Centurion base.

The Jet Airways plane approached Pretoria from the east over Bronkhorstspruit before heading north.

It then banked left and performed a tight loop over the capital city before heading south to start its final approach to the runway.