Guptagate: Public protector to hold hearing

The public protector’s office will issue subpoenas to members of a task team which probed the landing.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office has confirmed it will subpoena members of the task team that investigated the ' Guptagate' plane scandal to appear before a review hearing.

Other parties are also expected to appear and the process will be closed to the media and the public.

The hearing is the result of a complaint by Waterkloof Air Force Base official Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, who was implicated in the task team's report on the scandal.

In April last year, Eyewitness News revealed that a jet chartered by the Gupta family carrying 270 wedding guests landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.

The incident raised serious questions about the Gupta family's close ties to President Jacob Zuma and how civilians were able to land a party of foreign guests at an airport with no customs facilities.

The task team found that officials had colluded to secure irregular clearance for the jet to land at the air base but cleared Zuma of any involvement.

"At the moment, a team is still finalising dates," says Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe.

"As soon as the dates have been confirmed, the public protector will issue the subpoenas."