Gupta cops probe to start soon

Tshwane Metro Police say the cops that provided security to Gupta wedding guests did so independently.

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

PRETORIA - Tshwane Metro Police on Saturday said the disciplinary hearings of the 11 officers implicated in the Gupta scandal were expected to start as soon as next week.

Last week Eyewitness News revealed a jet chartered by the Gupta family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.

Close to 200 wedding guests came to South Africa to attend a wedding in Sun City in the North West.

The metro policemen were accused of driving and providing security for the convoy which drove the Gupta's wedding guests to Sun City.

These were the latest heads to roll after the suspension of five officials in the International Relations and Police Department, and the South African National Defence Force.

Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Console Tleane said the officers acted independently.

"All the 11 members, if they are proven to have taken part in the escorting or security provision for the wedding guests, would have done so in their private capacity without any sanction or permission from management."

Tleane said they would investigate whether the officers abused their positions of authority.

"[We are not sure] if they did so using their personal status as police officers, specifically if the officers presented themselves as such or used their municipality-issued tools."