- The Zondo Commission has heard testimony on Monday regarding the Guptas' controversial 2013 landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base
- Former Dirco director-general, Jerry Matjila, had described how protocol was not followed when the landing took place
- One of those charged in relaton to the landing, Bruce Koloane, is currently testifying before the Commission
Current chief of state protocol Jerry Matjila appeared before the Zondo Commission on Monday, where he explained the process regarding landing foreign guests in South Africa.
The Commission was listening to Matjila's testimony to provide more context on the Guptas' controversial 2013 landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base.
Matjila, who was director-general of the department of international relations and cooperation at the time, said he first found out about the landing when it appeared on the news.
According to the Mail & Guardian, Matjila told the Commission that, under normal circumstances, officials from a foreign country will notify Dirco if they wish to land in South Africa. Then, Dirco will notify he state protocol office regarding the request.
Thereafter, the request is sent to the president for approval. Once this approval has been obtained, the state protocol office makes the preparations for the visit, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
However, regarding the Guptas' landing, Matjila said that the initial request to land was never sent. Matjila added that he had to contact the high commissioner of India to find out who was on board the aircraft as it came in to land.
In other words, the Guptas' landing did not follow the appropriate protocol, at the very least. As a result, Matjila says he convened a meeting of those implicated in the landing.
One of those called to the meeting was then chief of state control Bruce Koloane, who was ultimately charged for violating the military code in relation to the landing.
Koloane himself is currently testifying before the Zondo Commission.
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