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#GuptaJet: Mapisa-Nqakula calls for assessment of security

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula insists all procedures were followed for the procurement of the plane.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula clarifies lease of a Gupta owned jet for a government delegation. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she's asked the air force to assess whether the current processes followed to charter private jets for VIPs compromises security and integrity.

Mapisa-Nqakula held a briefing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Friday to explain why a government delegation made use of a leased jet instead of using the air force's own aircrafts.

Eyewitness News this week revealed that the Gupta owned Bomba-Dier was chartered at an estimated cost of R5 million for the official visit.

The minister says the company providing the plane ExecuJet and the pilots are security vetted but the owners of the plane are not.

She says ExecuJet exercises a right of non-disclosure of the ownership of the aircraft.

"ExecuJet is not obliged to come to us and say this particular aircraft which we are securing for you belongs to A, what is important is that the jet belongs to a company within the Republic of South Africa."

On Friday the minister insisted government and in particular Ramaphosa did not know the Gupta family owned the private jet.

Mapisa-Nqakula insisted all procedures were followed for the procurement of the plane.

"We have absolutely no control over who owns an aircraft which is charted by ExecuJet on the basis of the specifications request specifications submitted to National Treasury."