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So much for South Africa’s sovereignty

Dirco director-general learnt about the Gupta wedding party’s arrival at Waterkloof Air Force Base when he read about it in the papers.

Illegal immigrants in a chartered jet touch down at a highly secure air force base and are treated to a police escort to a garish wedding.

Apart from anything else, this was a blatant disregard of South Africa’s sovereignty and represented a massive security risk. And the only people who cared at the time were journalists.

Appearing in front of the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday was ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila.

Extraordinary

At the time of the arrival of the illegal immigrants at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013, he was director-general/permanent secretary of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). He now represents South Africa at the UN Security Council (full title: ‘Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations, New York’).

It is not comforting to know that Matjila first became aware of this globe-trotting wedding party when he read about it in the papers: “The news and the social media was busy.”

Nevertheless, what followed was a long-winded account of his career, political contacts, and detailed explanations of protocol and the raison d’être for “note verbales” (diplomatic communications), accompanied by examples – none of which were remotely connected to the extraordinary scenario of illegal aliens being welcomed at a secure military airport.

Matjila did, however, clarify that he would not have been made aware of the intended “visit” as it was not a head of state visit nor an official government visit.

Advocate Thandi Norman SC asked Matjila to summarise what ambassadors actually do for the country.

“Chair, ambassadors are called plenipotentiary and extraordinaire,” he replied. “In other words, they are the trusted representatives of the head of state … the ears, the eyes, and the spokesperson.”

It quite boggles the mind.

What is the process when requesting landing rights at Waterkloof?

Matjila details the protocol to be followed when SA is to be visited by a foreign minister: Dirco receives a note verbale from the foreign mission, and protocol takes over to ascertain the purpose, timing, and nature of the visit. Then the machinery kicks in to cater for the arranging of transport, venues, accommodation, meetings, security, and documentation required.

And the protocol to be followed when foreigners inexplicably land at a military airport and don’t even have to clear customs? This was neither asked nor answered.

Certain high-profile head-of-state visits require specific security arrangements, and others present a security risk. Not so for the Gupta wedding guests – no security checks, no profiling.

Matjila’s actions after Waterkloof debacle

After the “media hype” Matjila called a meeting with Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela and Bruce Koloane, who was chief of state protocol at the time as is now SA ambassador to the Netherlands. After that they met with the minister of International Relations and Cooperation at the time, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Matjila also called the then Indian high commissioner to South Africa, his excellency Virendra Gupta (unrelated to the Guptas) and tried to establish who the guests were. The high commissioner said there weren’t any ministers, only “state ministers” – equivalent to an MEC (member of the executive committee) in SA.

However, no note verbale had been issued. Dirco had not even been informally notified. According to Matjila the Indian high commissioner apologised for this “oversight”.

Is an apology all that is required for a flagrant breach of protocol and a country’s sovereignty?

Military airport vs civilian airport

Matjila said that if it was a real wedding party (Judge Zondo interrupted to say that it was) then they would have gone to a civilian airport. If civilians land at a military base they require documentation to say why they have come to a highly secure area.

“The jet ought to have landed in a civilian airport,” said Matjila. He added: “Once you go to a military base, the civilian part goes away, because now you are coming to a very exclusive area, a sensitive security area, so you need to provide documentation.”

This did not explain how the Gupta jet – an Airbus A330-200 owned by Jet Airways – had landed at a highly secure military airport, nor how the illegal aliens had traipsed off without clearing customs, disappearing into the night.

Missing ‘ministers’

When Matjila tried to track down the “aliens”, apparent unnamed “ministers” were missing. Some had chartered an aircraft to fly to Cape Town. Others had left for Dubai via Emirates.

Zondo said it was apparent there were no meetings with government ministers and that this appeared to be a completely private visit. Matjila, reluctant to agree, said that some of the visitors allegedly went privately to the Free State to meet with officials there. However, he is not sure, it was all cloaked in secrecy, and he was not privy to their programme. There is no official documentation to indicate where anyone was.

In essence, Matjila described a textbook account of protocol and inter-governmental engagements. None of this shed any light on how the Gupta wedding guests slipped into the country.

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So, in a (nut)shell no one in goverbment (except possibly those who were corrupted and paid to arrange and look the other way) knows what contraband, in addition to the many illegal Indians who must have paid a fee to be ferried into South Africa (with possible papers from Malusi Gigaba’s department) was on that plane. Tney could have smuggled a nuclear device, and our government would have not known. What if there were drugs on that plane?

We cannot even answer the question of how much gold that plane must have left with (from the country) from the Zama Zama operations! Or even the question of how many of the billions of dollars (that the Gupta’s stole from the SA State) loaded on it with Red Cross labeleed metal trunks headed for Dubai (for ‘regueling’) onward to ‘god knows where’. This is what happens when people sell their souls for a dime on a million!!!

This made sure that South Africa as a sovereign state ceased to exist. Those very people who arrived in that plane and areceived SA documents could be embedded in various State Depaartments to further the Gupta agenda, and the current government would have no clue!!!

And they still have their extravagant weddings most probably with south african money – won’t be surprise if they are still milking money indirectly via non-directly linked / associated companies with them – this happens when politicians,(that includes RSA’s previous president) are in a positions of which they actually knows less than nothing but only got that position due to uninformed / ignorant voters. To date there was no attempt made for their arrest to bring them to court and recoup some of the losses due to their inhuman money wealth greediness. Wish they try that trick in saudi arabia -their current next door neighbors and see what happens to them then. What really leaves my upset / cold / furious is the current high holly advertisement of sars on tv / radio/ newspapers to do one’s personal tax on e-filing as soon as possible – nothing is said how the hard earned money is wasted as tax, not even a little excuse for the financial mess rsa is in directly due to an 100% incompetent government – do they think every taxpayer is blind / dumb or both?????????????????????. In due course RSA will join Zimbabwe with this substandard / 100% incompetent government leadership and then it is to late to turn the ship.

…and the “ship” will become a submarine…..

The actions of Nummawan and his cronies of course constitute high treason – willingly selling off the national sovereignty to foreigners. The Chinese have a good way of dealing with this. Execution in a public stadium, bullet through the head, bill for the bullet to the family.

SA is already dead in the water. Gone, kaput or whatever. Proudly brought to us all by the most incompetent government ever in SA history

A year + later and the commissions roll on testimony by testimony. Still not enough evidence to lay charges, make arrests, extradite etc. The clothing manufacturing industry in SA could be revitalised just by the increased production of orange overalls…..

“Zondo said it was apparent there were no meetings with government ministers and that this appeared to be a completely private visit. Matjila, reluctant to agree, said that some of the visitors allegedly went privately to the Free State to meet with officials there. However, he is not sure, it was all cloaked in secrecy, and he was not privy to their programme. There is no official documentation to indicate where anyone was”

Yup, that’s about it. Advice taken. Next time I’ll land at a military airbase in a national capital in the middle of night. If asked of my papers since it’s a “highly secure area” the I’ll simply respond “Sorry chaps, I’m on a secret mission to the Free State. To see a man about a cow. All very hush-hush. Do carry on.”.

“In other words, they are the trusted representatives of the head of state … the ears, the eyes, and the spokesperson.” Considering the number of miscreants who have been given ambassadorial posts after dodgy dealings in SA, it says something about the head of state and what standards and morals the country aspires to (or rather lack or fails).

Advocate Thandi Norman SC asked Matjila to summarise what ambassadors actually do for the country. “Chair, ambassadors are called plenipotentiary and extraordinaire,” he replied. “In other words, they are the trusted representatives of the head of state … the ears, the eyes, and the spokesperson.” How is that for a job description?!

HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL & SPEAK NO EVIL!

In essence, SA embassy staff including the Ambassadors do buggerall.

You just have to look at the quality and integrity of the Denmark and Netherlands incumbents and that tells you what to expect from the rest of them.

It is shocking that they pick the worst they can find to represent them.

There is a nugget of information here which needs to be pursued diligently by state or private crime investigators, especially since it was probably disclosed unintentionally: ‘… some of the visitors allegedly went privately to the FREE STATE to meet with officials there. However, he is not sure, it was all cloaked in secrecy, and he was not privy to their programme. There is no official documentation to indicate where anyone was.’

FREE STATE = Ace Magasule. Though there is apparently no official documentation, there may be unofficial documentation. There is most certainly non-documentary evidence which can be extracted by interviews and interrogation. The Indian State (both central and provincial) can come to the party and make amends for their non-diplomatic oversight by putting the Indian state ministers on the spot and requiring them to submit affidavits to the commission and attend in person.

In SA there should be adverts in the general press/social media encouraging anyone to come forward with information.

Please don’t let this nugget go unexploited.

Have a hearth. Comrades, now called tycoon, did suffer a lot while struggling. One plane,, full with aliens, friends, landed on a ANC airport, without facilities. Free countries, new worldwide trend, have open borders.

Since the Guptas had “clearance” to land at Waterkloof, it thus mean I as a civilian can land there with my Cessna 152?? (…say I argue ‘temporary engine trouble. I request to land’…)

Will I be arrested & charged, or will I receive a free tour of the base?

(The difference is…I am a taxpayer…I should get a free tour of the base….but the Guptas who are “tax-takers” receive the benefit).

Sign of a banana republic!!

*lol* Potentially landing a non-cleared Cessna plane at Waterkloof, reminds me of the “1987 Mathias Rust incident” where he landed in Moscow’s Red Square, beating Soviet air defences, in front of the whole world.

When ANC ministers use the phrase “…the instruction came from Number One…”

…it indirectly implies, either from Ajay or Atul.

Bottom line Ex No1 new about it before hand. Was discussed over scurry lunch with his mates. If he did not know once the news broke he should have ordered the plane fly out of Waterkloof with Grippon fighter jet escort to a Public Airport. This would also prove that we needed these jets during the Arms deal. Remember half these jets are still in crates. No money to fly due to the ANC looting.

WJS

By the time the commission gets to the bottom of this and begins to think about acting, South Africa will be dead, rotting and stinking to high heavens. Zondo is nothing more than TRC and what came from that – ONLY whites going to jail. Really didn’t take long for the ANC to stuff up and lose the moral high ground they could have been perceived by delinquents to hold despite their history. There will be no justice here or anywhere as there will be no institution or organized society left to enforce anything.

Sovereignty of SA constantly raped by the ANC and their bed partners.
Talk and more talk, yet ghosts seem to have been behind the demise of SA.

It never ceases to amaze me how this country’s holier-than-thou ruling party continually treat this country like some snot-rag. I must ask why did they fight and sacrifice for something their actions indicate they have no regard for?

so it would be a walk in the park for the USA to invade SA……wishful thinking, but like CR I may also dream.

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