Uncovering the truth behind the Guptas' Waterkloof landing
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s predecessor – Thuli Madonsela – has raised questions about why Mkhwebane closed her investigation into the Justice, Crime Prevention & Security (JCPS) cluster probe into the Gupta family landing a private aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013.
In an analysis on the News24 site, investigative journalist Azarrah Karrim points out that Western Cape Finance MEC David Maynier originally laid the complaint with the Public Protector.
Maynier maintained that the JCPS task team's investigation was a carefully crafted damage control exercise. The JCPS cluster exonerated then-President Jacob Zuma and his Ministers but implicated Bruce Koloane, head of state protocol at the military base at the time, and now the ambassador to the Netherlands; as well as Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson.
The two appeared in a Military Court in 2013 and were charged with contravention of the military defence code.
Feeling that the probe was ‘irregular’, Anderson then took it to the Public Protector, saying she was used as a scapegoat.
Karrim points out that in 2015 charges were withdrawn against Anderson. Koloane became the fall guy and pleaded guilty to all charges.
‘This withdrawal,’ says Karrim, ‘seems to be the basis upon which Mkhwebane has closed the case – because an investigation would at that point be worthless’.
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