Motlanthe welcomes protector report

2012-09-28 22:17

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has welcomed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report clearing him and his partner Gugu Mtshali of improper involvement in an Iran deal.

"Deputy President Motlanthe and Miss Mtshali have always maintained that they had committed no wrongdoing, and they have been vindicated by the report of the public protector," the deputy president's office said on Friday.

Madonsela's report released on Friday said 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".

Motlanthe asked the public protector to investigate after a Sunday Times report on 11 March 112012.

The report alleged that 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, including Barry Oberholzer, at a restaurant in Bryanston, Johannesburg, in February 2011, "to discuss buying government support" for 360 Aviation.

According to the Sunday Times report, Oberholzer said the purpose of the meeting was to secure a letter of government support for the Iran deal from Motlanthe, through his associates.

This was for political protection from prosecution and assistance at a high level in Iran, the protector said.

Motlanthe's office said: "The public protector found no evidence suggesting that either Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe or his partner were involved in any business transaction with Mr Barry Oberholzer."

There were material differences in the words supposedly uttered by Mtshali in the transcript Oberholzer gave to the newspaper, and the recording he made, Motlanthe's office said.

"It is not clear whether Mr Oberholzer or the Sunday Times deliberately distorted the transcript in order to mislead the public about Miss Mtshali's conduct."

The company 360 Aviation 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..."

"Ms 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.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions also welcomed the protector's finding.

"The federation applauded the deputy president's decision - when the allegations first surfaced - to refer them to the public protector," said spokesperson Patrick Craven.

"As we said, this was an exemplary move by a leader, to subject himself to public scrutiny and accountability so that the truth can be established, and we are pleased that the public protector found no evidence to support the allegations."

Craven urged other public figures subject to similar allegations to follow the example of Motlanthe by referring them to the appropriate public watchdog.

  • mashilopm - 2012-09-28 22:48

    Dear Mr President! May you also follow deputy president KM's footsteps by asking the public protector or NPA to investigate your alleged involvement(corrupt) in the arms deal? Time to clear thy name.

      B.b. - 2012-09-29 08:24

      They have done the investigation for many years on the arms deal. It's up to them to start it again. He has given them enough time to do it and told the country that he's waiting for his day in court untill they cancelled his case. Nobody is above the law. If he's corrupt, they must prosecute him. Wat r they waiting for? For u people to keep on bluffing urselves that he's corrupt or he's not corrupt? I'm tired of the South African politics. Malema didn't ask them to investigate on his money laundering, but they did it. Why not for Zuma? Come on South Afrikaans u want people to keep on arguing with each other without clear evidence? I beg for the law to take its course without any fear nor favour! Full stop!

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-28 23:25

    The media and opposition parties had already found them guilty.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-29 03:57

    True leaders never hide their dirty linen ,Hope u emerge victorious at Mangaung N become a President of this country

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-09-29 05:26

    Eve though you have been vindicated on this one,I m so perplexed as to why people are so excited about vying for you to be president as if you are going to make this make this country a paradise when you are showing signs of how further impoverished we going to be under your leadership,given the fact that you are busy pushing for this \r\nnonsensical etoll court thing,despite the people being against it.As if that is not enough,you went on to say Malema s can talk as he pleases because he s got the right to do so,much to the disappointment of your colleagues,who see Malema as a threat to the stability of this country unless you see him as a thorn in your stomach should cling to power,and now you want to rope him in,in order to silence him.

  • raymond.sigauke - 2012-09-29 07:12

    My President Kgalema

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 07:37

    You can never be found guilty if you are on the right side

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-09-29 09:00

    Who to believe now?? Time some people get their info right. I have high regard for the public protector and I think Mothlantle is honorable. So that leaves me with thinking that the media are acting on wrong information. So who is spreading it??? Our famous third force? Friends of Zuma? So much manipulation is detrimental to the country and its believe in its leaders. Because I suppose that who ever comes out of this victorious is the culprit. But then again that person will only push their front man [expendable a well] to public office. Democracy [people rule] my a$$

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-29 09:19

    Good for him and how come i dont see those readers who forever attacks even the noble officials, like i said before not all politicians are corrupt and certainly not all blacks are corrupt - congrats My President yes My President

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-29 09:52

    Bigups my feature président ugot my vote already

  • Tumelo Thobega - 2012-09-29 10:32

    i salute you comrade deputy president Mr.motlhanthe the person of your character and seniority deserve victory in Mangaung,i can tell you,without a doubt you've got my vote.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-29 14:41

    ANC is in ICU.Camp 1 is COSATU,ANCWL,KZN,FREESTATE vs the rest.

  • marufa.ngoepe - 2012-09-29 16:47

    in a week were Zuma's detractors found the timing of Malemas arrest suspicious ! why is no one questioning the timing of the release of Motlanthe's report? is it because it favours them?

  • sphelele.nkwanyana - 2012-09-29 17:40

    Who ever has control over the influential media houses and dine with the editors has the upper hand. Its the very same media that control what we watch,listen and read.

  • yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-09-30 10:41

    Where there's smoke there's fire!

  • Butch van Blerk - 2014-05-11 09:21

    Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - I bow to someone with your integrity

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