Guptas should pay costs as a result of air force officers not being prosecuted for landing of aircraft at Waterkloof

2015-01-20
Dr Pieter Groenewald

“The Guptas should pay all legal fees and further civil claims following the decision of the Defence Force to drop all charges relating to the illegal landing of the Gupta guests at Waterkloof in 2013 against Lt.-col. Christine Anderson and Stefan Van Zyl. If the two officers succeed with their civil claim, the Guptas and not the taxpayers should pay the legal fees,” Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the chief spokesperson on Defence for the FF Plus says.

“The withdrawal of charges is proof that the Defence Force had accused innocent officers to protect the real culprits and to cover up President Zuma’s true involvement. The cover-up was reprehensible and shows that everything will be done to protect President Zuma's abuse of power. To hold the Defence Force accountable for costs will mean that the taxpayers will be held responsible. This is unfair and that is why the Guptas should pay because they used Waterkloof.

“The Gupta saga at Waterkloof and the Nkandla scandal are examples of officials being sacrificed to pay for Zuma’s mistakes. The previous head of state protocol, Bruce Koloane, was at the time only demoted and later rewarded with an ambassadorship to the Netherlands. This boils down to corruption,” Dr. Groenewald said.

 

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