Bruce Koloane denies authorising Gupta landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base

The former head of state protocol Bruce Koloane has rejected allegations that he instructed that an aircraft chartered by the Gupta family be permitted to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, Eyewitness News senior reporter Barry Bateman says Koloane told the commission that the first time he heard of the application to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base was when the Indian high commissioner called to complain that their application was taking long to be processed.

He says there was never an instruction to the Department of Defence to authorise this landing, rather a request to facilitate the process.

Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News

He stresses there was never an instruction and he says he didn't have any authority to issue any instruction like that.

Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News

Also, former International Relations Director-General Jerry Matjila told the state capture commission that he only became aware of the Gupta landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base through the media, not internal channels.

He says he first learned of the landing of this aircraft when it emerged in the media. It came as a surprise media to him.

Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News

He provided the steps that followed after and he says it was found that there were various process and protocols that were faulted.

Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News

Matjila also said when he met with India’s High Commissioner Virendra Gupta; he expressed the country’s unhappiness with the aircraft landing at the base.

Matjila says he made it quite clear that South Africa was quite unhappy with this situation. He says the Indian high commissioner was apologetic about what happened and he described it as an oversight.

Barry Bateman, Senior reporter - Eyewitness News

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