07 MAY 2013 05:00 - SARAH EVANS, PHILLIP DE WET
Papers seen by the M&G have shown that, contrary to the SANDF's claims, the Gupta plane's landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base was authorised by it.
Though the documents were provided by a source close to the matter, they have not been fully corroborated.
Where the letter and the government statement on Friday do agree is that the request was sent by the then defence attaché of the Indian high commission in South Africa. But that contradicts the first statement, made on Thursday by the ministry of defence, which claimed the request came from the department of international relations and cooperation, after a request from the Indian high commission.