Johannesburg - A department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) official on Thursday revealed at the state capture inquiry his shock when he saw the Gupta-chartered aircraft landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base without the required permission.
Dirco’s senior foreign affairs assistant William Matjila told the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that when the Jet Airways aircraft landed on April 30, 2013, they were still waiting for the note verbale, some form of diplomatic communication stating who was on the flight and what they would be doing in the country.
“On the day, when we were still waiting for the note verbale we saw the Gupta plane landing,” Matjila said.
According to Matjila, his job included dealing with presidents, deputy presidents and ministers travelling to South Africa and that they send requests to him through a note verbale.
Matjila said even the South African president is assisted by him when he is going abroad.