Johannesburg - The South African National Defence Union (SANDU) took particular issue with the fact that one of the suspended members, Lieutenant Colonel C Anderson, is merely a Movements Officer at Waterkloof Air Force Base.
"To make matters worse, the officer in question had today learned of her suspension through the media and has not yet even been formally informed of same," the union's statement released after the JCPS press briefing said.
Addressing the media on Friday, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said “government would like to assure the South African public that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter, and hold all those responsible for bringing our country into disrepute - whoever they are and whatever position they hold.”
Radebe announced that four officials had been suspended in connection with the Guptagate debacle.
The suspended officials are:
- Officer Commanding Air Force Command post: Brigadier General L Lombard
- Officer Commanding Air Force Base: Brigadier General TS Madumane
- Movement Control Officer: Lieutenant Colonel C Anderson and
- Major General Gela: SAPS Operational Response Services Gauteng Province
Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Bruce Koloane was suspended earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance said the press conference was "an exercise in damage control designed to 'firewall' President Jacob Zuma and members of his Cabinet from the political fallout.
"The key message at the press conference – which was repeated by virtually every minister present - was that 'no executive authority was granted for the plane to land.'