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Cape Town - The woman facing a military court for her role in the Gupta wedding scandal plans to call President Jacob Zuma to testify at her trial.
The scandal broke after a chartered commercial aircraft landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base on April 30, carrying guests of the Gupta family from India.
The SANDF conducted an internal investigation in the form of a board of inquiry.
“Consequently three members have been charged and they appeared before the military court on 30 August 2013. The case was then postponed to 13 September 2013 for further appearance,” said Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga.
Among the trio is Waterkloof Air Force Base official Lieutenant-Colonel Christine Anderson.
But South African National Defence Union secretary Pikkie Greeff has consistently said the findings against Anderson, who was the base’s officer commanding movement control, were not objectively reached.
Greeff said on Monday morning: “It is likely that President Zuma will be on the witness list - we will ask that, in terms of the Defence Act, he (Zuma) is subpoenaed.
“We think his evidence might be crucial. And if we need to go to the high court to get him into court to explain, we’re prepared to do that.”
The party arrived from India for a family wedding at Sun City, sparking widespread concern over the private use of the military facility at Waterkloof.
Greeff tweeted on Monday morning: “No SANDF member should have to pay the price of Zuma’s questionable friendships. #betrayingsoldiers.”
Frans Cronje, of the South African Institute of Race Relations, tweeted: “@PikkieGreeff I hear you may insist that JZ testifies at any inquiry into Col Anderson. If the rot goes to the top so must accountability.”
Cronje added: “@PikkieGreeff we wish you success. Forcing some exec accountability is just what SA needs. You’ll be doing good for more than just SANDF.”
Greeff tweeted, in response: “@FCronje_SAIRR agreed, apparently all have missed that in all inquiries so far the man central to the entire issue has not been called.”
The full report on the landing of the plane at the Waterkloof Air Force Base was released in May by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of ministries.
It was announced last week that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will investigate a complaint against the task team appointed to probe the Gupta plane landing scandal.
The complaint was lodged by Anderson, who was implicated by the team in its report.
Mabanga said the charges against the three people who appeared in the military court last week were different.
“They vary from misuse of state property (to) making false statements under oath,” he said.