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'Independent body should have probed Guptagate'

Zwelinzima Vavi says govt's report on Guptagate appears to have been compiled to mislead the public.

FILE. Zwelinzima Vavi says govt's report on Guptagate appears to have been compiled to mislead the public. Picture: Beeld.com

PRETORIA - Congress of South African Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says government's report into the so called Guptagate scandal appears to have been compiled to mislead the public and an independent body should have investigated the matter.

Vavi was reacting to the decision to withdraw charges against two air force officers implicated in the illegal landing of a jet chartered by the Gupta family at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013.

In April 2013, Eyewitness News revealed a jet chartered by the Gupta family carrying 270 wedding guests landed at the air force base in Pretoria.

Vavi says there's been a lack of accountability, particularly from Cabinet, which government's report clears of any wrong doing.

He says that report lacks credibility.

"It makes logical sense that another institution, independent from the government, perhaps should have been appointed to investigate this."

The South African National Defence Force is yet to explain why the charges have been withdrawn.