Motlanthe, partner cleared by protector

2012-09-28 17:11

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has cleared Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his partner of improper involvement in an Iran deal.

Motlanthe "was never involved in assisting 360 Aviation to obtain the support of the South African government for the business transaction involving the Islamic Republic of Iran", according to Madonsela's report released on Friday.

Motlanthe asked the public protector to investigate after a Sunday Times report on 11 March 2012.

The report alleged that Motlanthe's partner, Gugu Mtshali, was "implicated in soliciting a R104m bribe to obtain a sanctions-busting deal with Iran".

The article said Mtshali had met associates of Motlanthe and representatives of 360 Aviation, at a restaurant in Bryanston, Johannesburg, in February 2011, "to discuss buying government support" for 360 Aviation.

The company allegedly planned to trade aircraft in Iran. At the time there were United Nations-imposed sanctions against Iran, which included an arms sales embargo.

The public protector said Mtshali attended part of that meeting, and uttered only the words: "No! ... Hey man Jo, c'mon Jo..."

"Miss Mtshali's presence and utterance of the above few words do not substantiate a finding that she participated in the meeting or the Iranian deal, or solicited and/or accepted a bribe or gratification in exchange for influencing the Government of South Africa to support 360 Aviation's Iranian business venture," the protector found.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-28 17:20

    Motlanthe for President

      dtsele - 2012-09-28 18:07

      @ leonard. Nt once has the public protectors independance questioned. Let's nt start now...

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-28 18:13

      What ever as darkness came over the faces of the people.Sad to even here of such allegations .Hopefully shes not back peddling after what seemed a promising start on previous cases. - 2012-09-28 19:23

      A failing company requires a strong, disciplined and intelligent CEO, the same is true for a failing country. Motlantle can be a better leader than Zuma, but he's definitely not first choice, he does not have what it takes to rescue SA. - 2012-09-28 21:44

      We need strong, visionary and disciplined leaders... Terror Lekota for president!

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-28 17:24

    Now that Motlante is clean, let's go Mangaung!

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-09-28 18:38


      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-28 20:38

      Zuma 4 president

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-28 17:29

    You should've asked me if those allegations were true or not.I knew it that they far away from being true.

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-09-28 17:34

    Dats my President.Kgalema for Economic freedom.kopele ketapele kopele.Im wearing my birete/cap behind u

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 19:04

      Oh shame. When will you get it into your thick skull that the only way you'll EVER have 'economic freedom' is if you get off your ass and WORK. Nothing is for mahala bright spark, NOTHING. Nobody is going to give your anything for free. Work. Work. Work. Nothing else. It doesn't matter who is the President, NOBODY IS GIVING ANYTHING FOR FREE. Life isn't like that. Get it into your thick head.

  • Njabulo Namane - 2012-09-28 17:39

    good news for our future president & the future of our country.

  • aubrey.k.masola - 2012-09-28 17:40


      khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-09-28 18:35

      Those against u want pieter mulder 4 xo

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 19:04

      LOL! Give it a few years and you'll be wanting to kill him too because none of the promises are possible. Pity you're too stupid to understand this.

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-09-28 17:48

    im glad the results came out negative otherwise the D.A people will be all over us.

  • ISO - 2012-09-28 17:50

    "Mtshali had met associates of Motlanthe and representatives of 360 Aviation" So, Motlanthe is associated with crooks and coming up for Malema speaks volumes of Motlanthe!

      ISO - 2012-09-28 18:06

      For me it does not matter what party rules this country, what matters to me is that we have a party and government that is actually credible, reliable & truthful and make it better for all the people of this country.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 19:05

      ISO ~ That's the part they just cannot understand!!!!!!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-28 18:01

    I wonder what the price was?

  • bantu.jonginamba - 2012-09-28 18:08

    So now the public protector's opinion is crap if she clears the of an ANC member of corruption

  • herman.coetser - 2012-09-28 18:11

    Power and corruption goes hand in hand, always will. That's the reason we chose the "leaders" we do. There is no one, not one true leader. Leaders that live and stand to be steadfast, honest, fair, honorable, warriors for truth and justice. Someone who can inspire masses and take charge of a nation. Against who can our people measure themselves, standing behind leaders because of what they do and not what they say..... It's sad, and unless the true leaders take charge of the situations around them we will stay doomed to a mediocre system fueled by greed with lies and hopelessness as its driving force.

      alex.mahlobogoane - 2012-09-28 18:35

      You have spoken like true patriot I will we could have more of your kind as the nation. Keep that up my brother. Matla!

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-09-28 18:12

    There was no way you could have approached Public Protector if you was guilty. JZ it is your turn, hand over the tapes.

      herman.coetser - 2012-09-28 18:25

      If you see your employer have fun with his secretary and he gives you R100000.00 to keep quiet and not to tell his wife............ Hard to resist.

      khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-09-28 18:32

      Lol@herman,u r unbelivably insane

      herman.coetser - 2012-09-28 18:37

      Haha its weekend, if not insane I would be classified as boring hahahaha

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-28 18:17

    come baba time to squabble nw ur clean for nw

  • cecil.wright.142 - 2012-09-28 18:31

    This was a waste of time and money. There was never going to be any other outcome. ANC government member, ANC appointed judge - outcome was a forgone conclusion

      katzimol - 2012-09-28 21:02

      the public protector has constantly ruled against members of the ruling party,why weren't u complaining about her integrity then? stop being such a drama queen,why Is it that she has integrity when she rules against members of the anc and then as soon as she doesn't rule against sum1 connected with the anc then her integrity is in question?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-28 18:56

    What was motlanthe partner getting involved there anyway, she obviously new bribed were the order of the day so we are to believe that she is squeaky clean now. Funny how things stick in your mind, I remember when he rented at house a few years ago and the disgusting state he left it in, the owner were trying to sue him. When I see him now I see that photo cant seem to get it out of my mind. He is an upstanding guy......I am still shaking my head in disbelief.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-28 19:10

      @Winifred ~ Snap! It happens to me as well. He did almost completely destroy the internal structure of the house, pulled out fitted cupboards and basins and basically wrecked the place, along with the koi fish pond. Seems like he's another 'fine, upstanding' member of cANCer. It does seem though, that the viler and more repulsive a person is, the more he is a hero in the eyes of the uneducated masses.

  • peter.huxham.9 - 2012-09-28 19:26

    I remember when Mr. Motlanthe was acting president and some white people mentioned that they would prefer him above Mr. Zuma, whites making these statements were told not to get too happy as he was only temporary, now he is the prefered candidate. It`s a funny old world.

  • shonnyx1 - 2012-09-28 20:20

    motlanthe is our future president lyk it or not.a man wth dignity

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-29 09:53

      Well I am hoping he is better than zuma but dignity, I dont think so. There is no dignity when you trash somebody's property the way he did. When I look at him I see that trashed house, so what does that mean. In life we are judged by the way you act, carry yourself, and how you do you job are just some of the things. Doing what he did to that house, makes me ask will he do the same in his presidency should be win. Looking good and squeaky clean whilst underneath is another hidden character, makes me cautious.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-28 20:23

    Is he also clean concerning the OILGATE scandal about the IRAQI BASRA OIL DEAL during his term as ANC SG together with SMUTS NGONYAMA as then HEAD of ANC PRESIDENCY.IN the NINETIES:him

  • more.pido - 2012-09-28 20:47

    kgalema kgalema

  • ncinci.xesibe - 2012-09-28 20:47

    Let us welcome the PP's findings and be proud of our Deputy President. This is very good for our country. For me political affiliation is irrelevant, we have a leader who has been cleared from a very serious corruption allegations through his partner. A corruption free country (SA) is possible. Yeeepeee.

  • - 2012-09-28 21:39

    "No! ... Hey man Jo, c'mon Jo..." Well Mtshali is obviously no great conversationlist, if those were the only words she uttered over dinner.

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