Suspended SAAF officer institutes libel action against Justice Minister


With legal proceedings apparently stonewalled as far as two SA Air Force (SAAF) officers’ involvement in what has become known as Guptagate, one of the accused is tired of kicking her heels and will be initiating libel action against Justice and Constitutional Minister Jeff Radebe.

Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson has taken this step on the advice of Sandu (SA National Defence Union) and is also considering two further legal options as her hearing is seemingly endlessly postponed.

The libel action against Radebe is in the light of a statement made by him following preliminary feedback on the director-generals report into the unauthorised landing of a jet chartered by the politically connected Gupta family at AFB Waterkloof more than a year ago.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reports Sandu national secretary Pikkie Greeff as saying Radebe said Anderson and Bruce Koloane, former head of protocol at the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO), were “complicit in a criminal act”.
“This was before any proper investigation had been completed. Everyone knows, following completion of the investigation, Christine (Anderson) did not commit any criminal act,” Greeff said.

Anderson’s legal team is also working on a civil claim against the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as regards malicious prosecution as well as a High Court application to make the defence force take a decision as regards either continuation of the case against her or to drop all charges.

She and her co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Stefan van Zyl have now been waiting six months for a decision in this regard from SANDF Legal Services.