Guptagate: Madonsela issues subpoenas

Thuli Madonsela has issued subpoenas for the inter-ministerial task team that probed the Gupta landing.

The Gupta jet parked at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Union (SANDU) says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is only issuing subpoenas for the inter-ministerial task team that investigated the Guptas' landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base because the team has refused to cooperate with her.

The Public Protector's office confirmed on Thursday that it had issued the subpoenas.

There was outrage last year, after Eyewitness News revealed foreign guests who arrived for a wedding of a Gupta family member had landed at the base and didn't go through customs or immigration procedures.

SANDU is representing Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson, who lodged a complaint with the Public Protector after disciplinary proceedings were instituted against her following the landing.

The union's Pikkie Greeff says Madonsela is only issuing these subpoenas because she has no other choice.

"They've been postponing meetings and dates that the Public Protector gave to them to be interviewed. The Public Protector's office has now apparently come to a point where it necessary to subpoena these role players."

The task team recommended that only one protocol official be demoted after the landing, despite national outrage over the incident.

Meanwhile, Madonsela says hearings will be held behind closed doors to investigate the task team that probed the controversial landing.

She says the best way forward is to hold a hearing.

"We would then line up all of the parties that participated to come and tell us what really happened, and then we'll determine what could have happened and if the two match. Only at the end of the process will we inform the public."