Protector assessing Motlanthe claim

2012-03-13 09:01

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is assessing whether she has jurisdiction to investigate bribery allegations made against Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner, her office said on Tuesday.

"She is not investigating, she is assessing the request," Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said.

Masibi confirmed that Motlanthe had requested that Madonsela investigate allegations made against him and his partner Gugu Mtshali in the Sunday Times newspaper.

R2bn deal

The report alleged that Mtshali had been implicated in soliciting a R104m "bribe" to obtain government support for a South African company trying to clinch a R2bn sanction-busting deal with Iran.

Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and others allegedly met representatives of 360 Aviation to solicit the bribe.

This was reportedly in an attempt to secure a R2bn deal to allow a front company to supply United States-made Bell helicopters and spare parts to the National Iranian Oil Company via South Africa, the newspaper reported.

The Sunday Times claimed to have an audio recording of the meeting, on which Mtshali's voice was allegedly heard. The alleged deal reportedly failed because 360 Aviation could not reach an agreement with the National Iranian Oil Company.

Motlanthe's office released a statement at the weekend saying: "Both Deputy President Motlanthe and Ms Mtshali are firmly of the view that they have committed no wrongdoing of any kind in relation to the alleged events described in the Sunday Times story."

Motlanthe's office said the allegations were serious and needed investigation.

"Having regard to the serious nature of the allegations and imputations of the story, Deputy President Motlanthe is of the view that the issues should be subject to an investigation by the public protector," his office said.

"The deputy president and Ms Mtshali will make themselves available to provide any information to the public protector should she decide to investigate the allegations."

  • Herman - 2012-03-13 09:07

    Let's see if this is yet another can of worms in the criminal anc's house of horrors.....

      Willie - 2012-03-13 09:36

      Please we do not want to have another president with skeletons PLEASE

      procold2 - 2012-03-13 09:39

      even if there is it will be swept under the carpet, these people are experts at this game.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-13 09:13

    This sounds just like Zooma. Investigate -- if you can. Nothing will come of this, again...

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-13 09:24

    No one seems to be clean in this org.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-13 09:29

    This is sad, I was just starting to Like Kgalema, seems the gravy train knows no boundaries and touches the lives (and pockets) of all who travel on it. Sad sad sad. There is so much good that can be done by these people, instead they choose to forget their roots and concentrate only on self enrichment and lies. You will reap what you sew.

  • Getafix - 2012-03-13 09:31

    No-one especially the president is above the law. Winnie should be prosecuted along with other motorists and the officers that pulled them over for negligent driving should be promoted for doing their duties despite political interference.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 09:35

    Parallel to the PP's investgation I think the Hawks must also investigate Ms Mtshali and the company, if the Sunday Times story is anything to go by. In terms of that story a crime has been committed (attempted bribery) so police has to be involved. Seconldy Ihope the agencies (PP and Hawks) should priorities this investigation as it involve the highest office in teh country. South Africa cannot afford to have a cloud hanging around the officeof the deputy president. This will have far reaching consequences on the reputation of our country

  • Lebogang - 2012-03-13 09:40

    Sorry Motlanthe but your ex-wife warned you about your new lady friend. A wise man once said, behind every successful man is a woman. Behind the fall of every successful man is a mistress.

      Foc - 2012-03-13 09:58

      I heard a few stories too!! but no comment ... They also say behind every successful man is a VERY suprised wife!! hehehe

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 10:05

    Quick to condemn bt never willing to think, who said he is guilty? Has he even been charged yet? Can u read? Are u able to think outside race and ANC? u need some help! *Danggg zinja*

      Andre - 2012-03-13 10:23

      and sadly you will never get closer to a real life whilst you support and harbour criminals and their kind. To support based on colour is so last year . ALL the 'criminals' are being closed in (Cele, Malema, Majola and the list is endless)... people you support huh.. you can have your cANCer and live with less than you did before..enjoy!

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 10:37

      Bt Andre I ain't no ANC Member really, a little sickening when everything is thought of as ANC's doing, m sure u find it as sickening too when all injustices are thought of as a result of Apartheid! Give the guy some credit he's availed himself for investigation....

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 11:25

      Well said Mtshezi.I think some people even dream ANC throughout their night, so when are their getting rest shame. ANC will be here and rule forever.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-03-13 10:19

    Here is Montlanthe pulling away from the pack and asks to be investigated by the Public Protector - a taboo in his own political circle. Many a politician at this juncture will be defensive, aggressive and spin-doctors will be prescribing flimsy excuses - but not Deputy Pres. Montlanthe. He asks to be investigated based on an allegation? There's a lesson for most politicians or to put it correctly - for most public representatives accountability is skewed to serve themselves. Today's 'public representative' will deny even if caught red handed with stinking fish in the pocket. Today's 'public representative' is a door keeper to let only family in and shut the door on the face of poverty outside. The orgy of corruption is so addictive and many out there are met with "Do Not Disturb" at most a 'public representative' comfort zone. The orgy of corruption is now a crisis for this country and like apartheid is a crime against humanity. Forget the fancy words like economic emancipation! Corruption committed by most career politicians, populists, public servants, private servants inclusive of their families, acquaintances will always keep Africans where apartheid was designed to keep them - down the gutter! Most a 'public representative' hold Hendriek Verwoerd proxy to keep Africans in their place! How I wish many in Deputy Pres. Montlanthe's inner circle emulate him...

      Foc - 2012-03-13 10:23

      Don't hold your breath Chris his peers will never do that ... greed is totally overpowering ....

  • malcolm - 2012-03-13 10:19

    Where these smoke there's ANC corruption.

      Cameron - 2012-03-13 10:30

      was just thinking of the old "where there`s smoke there`s fire" phrase, BUT I like yours so much more! and so so sooooo very true. no-one can deny that the anc is ridiculously corrupted, there has been far too much smoke for anyone not to notice the unstoppable brush fire burning the hell out of South Africa. We made a good choice by changing things back in the day, HOWEVER choosing the ANC to take the reins and lead us.....OMF that was the dumbest thing we as a nation EVER did! I hope the next generation actually learns from our mistakes........ OR am I just dreaming?

  • Juan - 2012-03-13 10:27

    The request came from Mothlante. Impressive, shows good character. Not too many of those politians around. Hope he and his partner will come out clean, but let's wait and see.

  • Sylvia - 2012-03-13 10:40

    Is there no end to the corruption? All very depressing.

  • Aston - 2012-03-13 10:43

    I have a feeling Motlanthe has nothing to do with this. His partner however, she appears stupid enough to go ahead with something like this. Hope she and her other 2 'partners'get the punishment they deserve. Such low intelligence individuals who never look at the potential global suffering this could cause, focusing rather on how to increase their bank balance and take the SA Government for a ride.

  • chester.wandsworth - 2012-03-13 10:52

    How is that POLITICIANS can be allowed to be business men/women? They are public servants and should spend their time and energy providing or ensuring that we are provided with public services. Seems they are too busy dealing and getting party funding and favour from businessmen to do what they getting paid to do. You sold us all out ANC! Claimed the struggle as urs and sold it business for a piece of the pie! EFF the people! ne?!?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-13 10:55

    I have much respect for the public protector. She is one person in government who does her job and actively makes an effort despite all te criticism she gets on a daily basis.

  • 2zbunu - 2012-03-13 10:58

    Oops another consiparacy is coming!!!!

  • ksetshedi - 2012-03-13 10:59

    I think it's tiring now reading about corruption in our country , Some people are sick< they need help , how does one become proud of something they didn't work for ? That is inhumane !!!

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-03-13 11:41

    They cant find anythng on him and now the trying to nail him on his GIRLFRIEND's activities? Really now, i dnt even knw if my GIRLFRIEND slept home last night (lol), and unlike others he didnt shift the blame or cry conspiracy, he said investigate and for that, my hat is off, Malema was right, Showara wa sokodisa jwanong (Showerman is a problem), this has N1 south enroute to Mangaung all over it

  • Johnnie - 2012-03-13 11:58

    Let us hope there is nothing against Mothlanthe, he has always been known to be "Mr. Clean".Let us see what will happen. The story in the Sunday Times was very convincing with lots of evidence from the horse's mouth. We will see what the story will be when the excuses come.

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