Report fingers Motlanthe's partner

2012-03-11 09:15

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali has allegedly been linked to a scheme to "buy" government approval for a plan to sell helicopters to Iran, according to a report by the Sunday Times.

Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and others allegedly met with representatives of 360 Aviation to solicit a bribe of R104m.

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

Managing director of 360 Aviation Barry Oberholzer said: "We believe we were being asked [for] a bribe... in exchange for [government] support".

Motlanthe said he was unaware that Mtshali had any connection to the company.

His spokesperson, Thabo Masebe said: "He has at no stage discussed such a matter with any person, including the department of trade and industry".

Mtshali told the newspaper that she had never attended a "formal meeting" with 360 Aviation.

However, 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. The United States, which manufactures the Bell helicopters, prohibits the sale of military equipment to Iran.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-03-11 09:43

    Why am I not surprised?

  • Wendy - 2012-03-11 09:43

    I wonder, if just once, we could have a report of an ANC comrade who isn't corrupt and is intelligent, and has some foresight and is honest! am I asking too much?

      Peter - 2012-03-11 10:24

      Wendy, that would be impossible, when their (ANC) leaders invented corruption. This guy is no. 2 at the trough at the moment. Let's talk impossibles. One day the ANC will not have corrupt comrades. The Rand will apreciate to R1 = $10.

      Ben - 2012-03-11 10:46

      They say they have not invented corruption. Could it be that they are trying to perfect it.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 12:30

      No, Wendy you aren't asking for too much, but you will have to wait for one to be born.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-11 09:58

    Setting the corruption issue to one side for one moment(which is not an easy thing to do)- but selling Bell Hueys' to Iran would make SA about as popular internationally right now as selling chemical weaponary to the Syrian government.

  • Jean - 2012-03-11 10:38

    Makes sense, We get most of our oil from Iran so this article can be true... What annoys me though is, they always have this 'proof' but it is never used.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-11 11:27

      @mister.bang.tidy - "Iran is South Africa’s principal supplier of crude oil"

      Jean - 2012-03-11 12:42

      @mister.bang.tidy, nothing is stopping you from doing your own research if you didn't find anything then by all means ask and again SA is the only country that voluntarily gave up their nuclear weapon program so one would think we would be quite vocal against nuclear weapons but still we haven't said anything...

  • Nigel - 2012-03-11 10:47

    no wonder Malema wants Motlanthe as next president, he can also get in on the illegal trade with Iran.

  • Mark - 2012-03-11 10:57

    Like I've said before, and will continue to say, they are all corrupt - and incompetent - and wish to change the constitution, and throw a cloak over their dealings with the info bill. They are not to be trusted at any time with anything and the public, and world, must know what they are doing because none of it is in the public's interest.

  • Mart - 2012-03-11 11:38

    Motlanthe's 'I didn't know' is a load of nonsense, a lie, something the ANC ..wigs are becoming very adept at. Prove that she is involved and force him to resign. Tell ALL the ANC voters what their leaders are doing ...stealing, stealing, stealing from them. How much more is going on/has gone before that we do not yet know of. The Sunday Times and the vitims, the public, must actively start incentivising 'whistle blowers' to blow the lid on errant government officials. Radio Stations must also consolidate their resources and start broadcasting these truths to the ears of the voters in this country, into the rural areas, into the homes of those who do not have access to TV and the print media. Only the real truth shall set them free....they do not yet realise it but they are being traded back and forth like a commodity by the very people who have the audacity to pose as their liberators. Enough is enough...the difference between smoke and fire may just be a whisper of oxygen !

  • oscarmdletshe - 2012-03-11 11:45

    Ok so now my country is edging ever closer to becoming a 'rogue state' thanks to these people's greed? I really would rather prefer to live without having to worry about unmanned drones raining guided missiles on my roof. But you know, that's just me.

  • Winston - 2012-03-11 11:49

    the second most important question one needs to ask, is how do you get this corrupt mob out of power. We know that legally it can only be done one way and that is through the ballot box which brings us to the first most important question which is to ask what do you do to influence more support for the offical opposition to cast their vote to kick the mob out. how do you get it into the electorate's heads that their time of loyallty needs to change, there needs to be an asserive drive for a serious paradigm shift on behalf of the electorate

      Garth - 2012-03-11 12:18

      In my opinion Winston, it cannot be accomplished by `us'. Black South Africa must get out there and educate their brothers and sisters as to the evils of this ineptocracy. The black people of SA need to shake off the chains of the useless anc and be free of that burden. The useless anc hold the vote of the black people of SA by virtue of guilt: we demolished apartheid - you owe us! When the black people of SA realise that the apartheid monster, by its very nature, demolished itself whilst the anc masters languished in foreign countries, then shall we begin to see change. I do not advocate that the electorate change their vote overnight to a perceived `white' party, or to a far-right party, all I am suggesting is that they just do not vote! A competent, strong(in vote percentages) opposition, does more for democracy than a wholesome over-riding majority. The DA also needs to wise up and stop hanging on to the coat-tails of the useless anc. We all know who you were Zille and de Lille, but you need to inject some intelligence into your fight, against the approaching death by corruption, that this country faces.

  • Morne - 2012-03-11 11:57


  • Evan - 2012-03-11 12:18

    Deputy pres, needs to say he knows nothing about it... That's his story anyway!

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-11 12:25

    Now why doesn't this surprise me. Of course Mothlante doesn't know anything about it and that doesn't surpise me either.

  • delia.james.vermaak - 2012-03-11 12:52

    So the rot runs deep does it??

  • Mncedisi Budaza - 2012-03-11 12:52

    Ppl shud start focusing to their affairs n leave other ppl alone, samething happen to mr Cwele wife,

      luytster - 2012-03-11 14:39

      So what you are implying is that we should of left her to continue smuggling drugs into the country and not interferred in her and her husbands lucrative business?

  • matvee111 - 2012-03-11 13:20

    Mothlanthe needs 2 choose his girlfriends properly...

  • Tony - 2012-03-11 14:30

    His romantic partner ... Do these guys ever stop copulating?? JZ is known for his boudoir antics and seems like the VP wants to get in on the act! My word ... If I was a female in government I would need eyes in the back of my head. Guess Richard Branson doesn't stand a chance with Virgin for any tenders.....

  • Thandi - 2012-03-11 14:45

    Unfortunately it goes without saying that anyone high up in the ANCorruption is juat as corrupt as the rest of the cronies. When someone can put forward any name from within the upper echelons of the ANCorruption (aka the Gravy Train)that is not involved in self-enrichment of some sort, then I will believe that there is promise for SA's future.

  • rory.short1 - 2012-03-11 14:46

    Greedy people will sell their grandmothers if the price is right.

  • billidp - 2012-03-11 14:59

    SO! Motlanthe is Yet Another high-up in the ANC who has no clue as to what their significant other is doing....YEAH RIGHT!!! If I was you guys I would not so readily admit my ignorance! If somebody does not know what their life-partner is doing, how the hell are we to expected to believe that they actually know what is going on in government? And this is our possible future prez! EISH!!!

  • Fanie - 2012-03-11 15:35

    If South Africa has continuously been importing crude oil long before the US and EU sponsored sanctions against Iran, can someone explain to me why the same SA must be held hostage by the Americans and Europeans who have not indicated how they will help SA's economy if it was to go into a recession due to the scarcity of fuel? The view that SA must follow its colonial masters even when the following means economic depression suggests that SA is not a sovereign state.

      Ridwaan - 2012-03-11 16:12

      People are ignorant... no country has abided by the US/EU sanctions, India, Japan, Italy, Russia, China still get their oil from Iran, the only thing that has changed is the payment method. The sanctions were due to be in effect 1 July 2012, instead Iran has stopped supplying England and France only, the rest of the EU still uses Iran oil. SA's MTN is also in IRAN, SA govt does not have sanctions against IRAN, as this is against our interests. The US/EU sanctions have actually backfired, as now those countries are no longer buying in USD, but with their own currency. Iran has not been to war with anyone even though they possess significant military capability, so those that beleive CNN/Fox rhetoric should do themselves a favour and educate thmeselves. There will be no war ...the world cannot afford a disruption. If SA's keep supporting this US/EU banter, then expect your price per litre for petrol to go to R15-R20 litre before the year end. And obviously this affects every other commodity price. We do not need this.

      Michael - 2012-03-11 19:15

      And this has got what to do with this dolly bird trying to solicit a bribe because she is shagging the deputy president, is what again????

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-11 15:36

    Man! If I were Zapiro, I'd have gone for a full blown comic book by now. I mean, all he has to do is look to parliament for the storylines (and there's never a shortage of those) and he could actually have weekly serials in circulation.

  • Evan - 2012-03-12 00:05

    If the USA wanted Iran to have Bell heli's they would sell them to the Iranians, but they don't! Now, if I were in their shoes I'd be inclined to send some folk over to SA to have a little "chat" with those involved. Would probably not end well for the would be Heli sales folk and their associates. Come to think of it R104 mill would not keep you safe's to hoping, cause no-one locally will do anything about it.

  • magomarele - 2012-03-12 09:49

    Motlanthe has a romantic partner? That's funny because the old man doesn't look anything romantic. I wonder what do they get up to at their age. Maybe they discuss politics and strategise on how to facilitate underhand

  • Reg - 2012-03-13 09:53

    So much for toll fees we pay tax for all this gov nonsense

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