MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Investigation Must Expand to All Government Departments
Involved in Waterkloof Incident

02 May 2013    

  

 

The IFP believes that there is more than just one government department involved in the matter of the Gupta family jet landing at Waterkloof Air Force base, and accordingly requests that the South African Revenue Services and Departments of Defence, Home Affairs and Police should also be investigated for irregularities in this matter.

 

IFP Spokesperson on International Relations, Mr Ben Skosana, MP, said "The investigation should not only focus on the Department of International Relations, but must expand to other government departments as well. The Waterkloof Air Force base is both a national and international security key-point, which would have required additional authority being granted by other Departments."

 

"The Air Force base is a restricted area, and the issue was not to be decided and authorized by government officials alone. The President who is the Commander-in-Chief and other members of the executive should have been informed about this," concluded Skosana.

 

The IFP welcomes the suspension of Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Bruce Koloane, but is of the opinion that he is just being used as a scapegoat and that there are many more officials who are just as equally responsible. All of those found to have flouted policies, rules and laws must be held to account. In this particular case the buck stops with the President and his executive who must now also be held politically accountable.

 

 

Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on International Relations and House Chair in the National Assembly,
Mr Ben Skosana MP, 082 887 2779

or 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675