Zuma: I had no knowledge of landing

The President insists he was neither directly nor indirectly involved in the controversial Gupta landing.

The President insists he was neither directly nor indirectly involved in the controversial Gupta landing. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday he was neither directly nor indirectly involved in the controversial use of the Waterkloof Air Force Base by the Gupta family earlier this year.

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

An investigation by government recommended swift action against several officials in the South African National Defence Force and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation who were found to have undermined procedures.

The incident caused a national scandal.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Zuma insisted he had nothing to do with the matter.

He said, "No, I had no prior knowledge, involvement or communication relating to the landing of a private plane at Waterkloof."

But Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was sceptical.

"How could the president possibly not have known when several members of his own Cabinet, including the Minister of Defence, had knowledge of this request?"

However, the president insisted it had nothing to do with him.