Canada and UN to probe SA, Iran deals

2012-03-18 22:14

Johannesburg - Canada and the United Nations are set to probe South Africa's role in busting sanctions against Iran, the Sunday Times reported.

The UN would "look into such reports", according to the paper.

Canada's border services agency was also investigating, as Canadian company Eagle Copters was reportedly implicated.

According to a Sunday Times report last week South African front companies had been used to ship US helicopters and spare parts to Iran. Because some of these parts could be used for military purposes, they violated UN sanctions.

On Tuesday Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said the protector was assessing whether she had jurisdiction to probe the matter.

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

This followed a request by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to investigate the claims, which implicated his partner, Gugu Mtshali.

On Thursday, the national conventional arms control committee told Parliament's joint standing committee on defence that it had started investigations against the companies and individuals mentioned in the report.

  • Juan - 2012-03-19 00:43

    Thuli still assesing weather she has jurisdiction or not after how many days?? I wonder if she is not assesing the potential fallout when it comes out that the deputy president of SA are involved in this

      Juan - 2012-03-19 00:45

      For SA that would really be "egg in the face" amoung the international community

  • John - 2012-03-19 01:09

    Probably more will come out..... Is anyone suprised why State Information Bill is HOT TOPIC ?

  • Mark - 2012-03-19 01:55

    a-la-falala! No place to hide - lekker.

  • Boeretroos - 2012-03-19 03:20

    USA , Canada and UN please investigate this matter. There is something very fishy and we smell fat black rats here.

      Mike - 2012-03-19 07:32

      love the black rats comment

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-19 05:03


  • Beulah - 2012-03-19 06:12

    great about time

  • braamc - 2012-03-19 06:26

    Plenty more to investigate, human rights abuse because of ongoing theft of tax payers money, no water and sanitation for many, housing, etc. Oh what a better life for all. All they good for is theft and corruption, is equal to apartheid

  • Jacques - 2012-03-19 06:28

    Banana anyone?

  • malcolm - 2012-03-19 07:10

    I don't like dirty deals that involve our ANC top brass. On the other hand however, I also despise the USA'S lap dogs, the UN. The UN are merely a tool used by the USA for their own selfish interests. I don't believe we should neccessarily involve ourselves with sanctions that suit US interests.

      Bibi - 2012-03-19 08:04

      If you signed on the dotted line and are part of the UN, you should obey and honour those deals. Fishy SA/Iran deals have been in the international news for a long time.

  • Johann - 2012-03-19 07:15

    No matter how deep they try to hide this in the woodpile , this time they are not controlling the investigation no protection or sweeping it under the carpet .Hope these bastards get their due ,people over seas just shake their heads at what is going on in our country .We are quickly becoming no one banana republic in the world

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-03-19 14:29

      If these "bastards" as you call them, would ever be put too pay-up a fine or something. Who do think will suffer the burden for their treachery. They have no souls these people.

  • Winston - 2012-03-23 16:16

    this regime is as debased as they come and they (the Regime) don't give a sh.!. because if investigations do take place, and when they do, by the time of completion they will be long retired and living in the lap of luxury. eg: thabo mbeki cocked up with the electricity and do you think he gives a sh.! absolutely not while he is living in the lap of luxury. and if they are drawn into any complicity then it's always apartheids fault. I'm so glad I experienced the good old days when things really worked. This country is a perfect example of the tai ruling the head. They the anc remind me so much of my dog when he tries to go round in cicles to try and catch his tail.

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