MTN ‘bribe’: Govt probe into ex-ambassador welcomed

2012-07-10 10:48

South Africa’s former ambassador to Iran, Yusuf Saloojee, is being investigated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for allegedly taking a $200 000 (about R1.6 million) bribe from MTN, according to a parliamentary reply.

In a statement, the DA welcomed the probe, stating that “this is a surprise development given the fact that, in a reply to a previous parliamentary question on the same matter, the minister claimed that it was not necessary to launch an investigation and that any evidence of improper payments should be referred to law enforcement agencies for further investigation”.

The probe follows claims that Saloojee had received a bribe in return for securing a mobile operating licence in Iran.
MTN and Saloojee have denied the allegations.

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