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Motlanthe's request for probe welcomed

2012-03-13 19:40

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's request to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela investigate bribery allegations made against his partner was welcomed on Tuesday.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) said Motlanthe demonstrated "openness and accountability".

"Motlanthe has treated the allegations with the seriousness it deserves and has acted in the spirit of the Red Card Corruption campaign that seeks to entrench a zero tolerance approach to corruption," Casac chairperson Sipho Pityana said in a statement.

Pityana said he hoped Madonsela would investigate the allegations against Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali.

According to a report in this weekend's Sunday Times, Mtshali had allegedly been involved in soliciting a R104m bribe from a South African aviation company, in exchange for government support.

R2bn deal

This was part of a R2bn deal that involved selling US-made helicopters to Iran, via South Africa, in violation of UN sanctions.

Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga, and others, allegedly met representatives of 360 Aviation to solicit the bribe.

The Sunday Times claimed to have an audio recording of the meeting, on which Mtshali's voice was allegedly heard. The alleged deal reportedly failed because 360 Aviation could not reach an agreement with the National Iranian Oil Company.

Motlanthe has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate.

Earlier, Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said the protector was assessing whether she had jurisdiction to investigate the allegations.

"She is not investigating, she is assessing the request," Masibi said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions applauded Motlanthe for approaching Madonsela.

Accountability

"We consider this action on the part of the deputy president as exemplary of a leadership that is willing to subject itself to public scrutiny and accountability," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

He said relatives of public representatives and trade unions should not do any business with the government to avoid a conflict.

"Without speculating about Ms Mtshali's guilt or innocence, Cosatu wishes to state that such reports vindicate our long held position about relations between business and government leaders," said Craven.

Motlanthe's office released a statement at the weekend, which read: "Both Deputy President Motlanthe and Ms Mtshali are firmly of the view that they have committed no wrongdoing of any kind in relation to the alleged events described in the Sunday Times story."

Motlanthe's office said the allegations were serious and needed investigation.

"Having regard to the serious nature of the allegations and imputations of the story, Deputy President Motlanthe is of the view that the issues should be subject to an investigation by the public protector. The deputy president and Ms Mtshali will make themselves available to provide any information to the public protector should she decide to investigate the allegations."

Comments
  • Andrew - 2012-03-13 19:53

    They just cant keep their hands out of the till. I smell another cover up on the horizon.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-13 20:07

      Or mebbe a smear campaign? Mangaung coming up - not too many contenders (that we're told of)

      Angling - 2012-03-13 20:30

      @Lacrimose Smear what??? Lulious's Joyce ? Hey wena...

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-03-13 19:54

    Eissssh!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 20:22

    "openness and accountability" ? ? ? !!! To me it just looks like transparency. A very transparent motive. Damage control. Does anyone really believe that a newspaper of the Sunday Times' standing will publish something without even a hint of truth? Whatever this Gugu was doing - does anybody think Motlanthe did not know? The Sunday Times caught them out. The only way I would have believed Motlanthe is if he went to Thuli BEFORE the Sunday Times' report. Never trust Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 21:16

      If I am innocent how do I go to PP and said investigate me for, she will ask for what? then/ Please use logic

  • Putin the " - 2012-03-13 20:28

    Mangaung will make Polokwane look like lower league

  • frank.hartry - 2012-03-13 20:49

    Another disgusting politician of South Africa is praised for doing what is right. What alternative did this man Motlanthe have? Zuma was hailed similarly after he announced an inquiry into the corrupt arms deal even though a pending constitutional court ruling was about to instruct Zuma to do so. Whatever these smelly politicians in South Africa do, it is always when they are forced to do so or when it will benefit and enrich themselves. South Africa has the most corrupt politicians on earth.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 21:18

      You are lair Frank

      frank.hartry - 2012-03-14 02:39

      @Mzwandile. -- What is this 'lair' that you are calling me? Are you perhaps agreeing with me that most ANC politicians are proving to be a bunch of crooks? Thanks for your support on this one Mzwandile. You are dead right when you say that the ANC led government have literally looted R20 billion to R25 billion of taxpayers money annually since 1994 according to ANC stalwart Willie Hofmeyr and the 2011 government auditor general's report. . Mzwandile-- South Africa needs more people like you who are revealing the rampant corruption of this ANC led government. Thanks again Mzwandile. Three cheers to you.

  • bernpm - 2012-03-13 20:59

    Has the time not come for politicians to deduct the time in court from their salaries as well as the cost for legal support in their defence? Any suspensions in corruption cases to be with a "no payment, no legal support" condition. Can be reversed if/when proven innocent.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 21:20

      We paid legal fees for the most cruel and dangerious criminals Magnus Malan, Dr Death some of them. You should have come with that crazy idea then I would have supported you.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 21:30

      Long overdue, bernpm. The whole book relating to MP's / Ministers' remuneration and privileges needs to be rewritten. These guys are plain useless and they are costing the country billions. They are content to squander at an ever increasing rate while so many South Africans must live in misery. I wish our people could just wake up.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 21:51

      No need for rewriting of the book. They deserve it. You two remind me of a company based in Cape Town I worked for. It had suite at Newsland stadium for many years and company executives who are ruby funs were frequently using it everytime there was a ruby match. When CT Ajax started playing in Newslands and as funs wanted to us the same privileges a circular come, the company is selling the suite. Maybe you were in that copamy as well. Privileges should be for the selected few

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-13 22:04

      Mwandile: so because Magnus Malan was a corrupt pig we should let the new pigs get away with it? Most South Africans didn't have a clue of what was happening in their Country - not even the people dying on the Border, or the Security Police fighting the "Swart Gevaar". Because of the internet and democracy, instead of a One Party State wanting to return to those old tactics, we have a public that can finally tackle the bull by the horns.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 22:47

      Mzwandile. Just like respect must be earned, privileges should be granted. Granted to the privileged, by the unprivileged, un-begrudgingly. That is why the book must be rewritten. Because it never was granted. It never was written by the people. It was only wrotten.

  • Michael - 2012-03-13 21:15

    Smells like an approaching election !!! Why are all the contenders suddenly coming under the spotlight ? Our friend Mr Zuma is one Wiley old fox - he lets them all sip the poisoned cup then bides his time.

      Kevin - 2012-03-14 06:19

      Or maybe someone was left out of the scam

  • Rodney - 2012-03-14 03:23

    Not sure which is worse, the corruption or the fact this was against the UN sanctions in place, whichever way you look at it, it stinks.

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