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'Guptagate' not on NEC's agenda

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the issue might come up in discussions.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Friday said it was not planning to discuss the Gupta wedding scandal at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend.

Eyewitness News broke the story in April when the Guptas' privately chartered jet touched down at Waterkloof Air Force Base with around 200 wedding guests on board.

The plane was ordered to leave the base and depart from OR Tambo International Airport.

The wealthy family is said to have close ties with President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC's top brass are gathering in Pretoria for their regular meeting this weekend.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the Gupta debacle was not on the NEC's agenda.

"It might come up through discussions."

On Thursday, Minister Edna Molewa said the probe into the so-called Guptagate incident would be thorough.

She gave assurances the investigation would extend to asking the Gupta family questions about the affair.

Cabinet also endorsed the preliminary findings of a probe into the debacle.

Molewa said details of the report will not be kept under wraps, but said it will be up to the team led by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to decide how and when the information is released.

Meanwhile, the snap debate requested by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on the affair will take place in Parliament next week.

The opposition party asked for the matter to be debated, saying it was an issue of national importance.

However, the ruling party indicated Zuma would not attend the debate.

The ANC said the president is not a Member of Parliament (MP).

According to a report in the Mail&Guardian newspaper, documents showed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) headquarters was aware of and authorised the landing of the Gupta jet.

The paper further reported it had seen documents which pointed to the involvement of senior defence officials.

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