DA still persue Magashule’s involment in Guptagate

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GALOOME SHOPANE

The Democratic Alliance in the Free State says it will continue seeking answers regarding Ace Magashule’s involvement in the landing of the Gupta private Jet at the Waterkloof Airbase last month. According to the thirty page report on the Guptagate, the reference to an invitation from the Free State government was opaque.

“All that the report tells us it that a mister from India from India met with an MEC from the Free State. Whether this was used a reason why the Gupta plane had to land at Waterkloof or not still remain unanswered. Until we get so far as to that, then our questions still remain unanswered and we’ll still pursue this matter, ”says Jankielsohn.

According to the report, no member of this party(wedding party) travelled to the Free State for any meeting. However, an Indian State Minister was received by the Free State MEC for Agriculture three days prior to the arrival of the Gupta wedding party. The report says that the Indian Minister arrived and departed from South Africa completely separate from the Gupta Wedding party, despite attending the wedding at Sun City.

On Tuesday the DA submitted a formal Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) request to Magashule’s office. The request demanded the following documents regarding Indian Minister, Shivpal Singh Yadav.

– The Free State government’s invitation letter to Minister Shivpal Yadav that secured diplomatic permission for the plane to land
– A record of the discussion that took place on the Minister’s supposed visit to Bloemfontein
– Record of where the Minister stayed in Bloemfontein, who he met with and where the meeting took place
– A record of the supposed memorandum that was signed between this Minister and the Free State government.

Jankielsohn says they are still waiting for the official response from the premier’s office.