Report on Motlanthe's partner expected

2012-08-06 15:15
Kgalema Motlanthe (File, City Press)

Kgalema Motlanthe (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will release a provisional report on Tuesday on an investigation requested by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The probe relates to alleged attempts by Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali to solicit a bribe for a sanctions-busting deal for Iran.

A provisional report on the investigation would be released on Tuesday, said Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi.

"The public protector will thereafter see how to proceed with the matter based on the comments received regarding the report," she said.

Motlanthe asked Madonsela to investigate after the allegations were published.

In a statement to Madonsela, Motlanthe said he and Mtshali would make themselves available should she decide to proceed with a probe.

Mtshali was allegedly linked to a scheme to "buy" government approval for a plan to sell United States-manufactured helicopters to Iran to bypass United Nations sanctions.

The cut for those reportedly involved was R104m.

The Sunday Times reported that government officials had "placed South Africa at risk" of breaking UN sanctions.

An audit report found the risk was related to their issuing letters of support to a company trying to sell helicopters to Iran, the newspaper reported.

The report, commissioned by the department of trade and industry, recommended that disciplinary action be taken against the officials involved.

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