Report on Motlanthe's partner expected

2012-08-06 15:15

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will release a provisional report on Tuesday on an investigation requested by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The probe relates to alleged attempts by Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali to solicit a bribe for a sanctions-busting deal for Iran.

A provisional report on the investigation would be released on Tuesday, said Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi.

"The public protector will thereafter see how to proceed with the matter based on the comments received regarding the report," she said.

Motlanthe asked Madonsela to investigate after the allegations were published.

In a statement to Madonsela, Motlanthe said he and Mtshali would make themselves available should she decide to proceed with a probe.

Mtshali was allegedly linked to a scheme to "buy" government approval for a plan to sell United States-manufactured helicopters to Iran to bypass United Nations sanctions.

The cut for those reportedly involved was R104m.

The Sunday Times reported that government officials had "placed South Africa at risk" of breaking UN sanctions.

An audit report found the risk was related to their issuing letters of support to a company trying to sell helicopters to Iran, the newspaper reported.

The report, commissioned by the department of trade and industry, recommended that disciplinary action be taken against the officials involved.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-06 15:23

    Phew...... This one is going to be interesting!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-06 18:36

      @Leonardb1 I think they had this pillow talk already. I'm not going to be suprised if 90% of the findings (if not more) has been personlay submited by Deputy Motlanthe as a "jesture". This is too sensitive to be played as a "free kick" Hillary Clinton said Mandela is feeling very well.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-08-06 15:29

    Do we have any presidential candidate who isnt accused or tainted with corruption??

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-08-06 15:47

      if you look outside the ANC.. yes.

      Michael - 2012-08-06 15:59

      At least this one requested the probe into it himself. I'm not a fan of anyone in the ANC, the party as a whole is useless, but if we have to have them as the ruling party, I'd prefer to have Motlanthe at the helm.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-08-06 16:03

      Stupid you are the article says kgalema's girlfriend not the deputy pres. himself has had fingers in a cookie-jar. N0 JERK ' try again to read the article.

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-08-06 16:07

      @Michael: I agree, I'd also be interested to see if there's truth behind it, or if this in attempt by team JZ to discredit Motlanthe... no loyalty amongst thieves.

      rebecca.robyn - 2012-08-06 16:14

      If there is one person then I would say it is Motlanthe, I believe he is a strong leader with good values long forgotten by many a politician, in and outside the ruling party...

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-08-06 19:31

      Im an ANC member guys.....card carrying member, but the factions within are really limiting the pool of credible members to raise up and be counted. All the names put forth have a stain, directly or indirectly....Zuma, Motlante or Sexwale. The internal dynamics can't allow another candidate....unless something dramatic happens within the party processes.

  • dostomolefe - 2012-08-06 15:31

    its gonna very interesting read i must say ,,,,,,,,,,,,she must also probe the 1bil to Nkandla

  • roiboss - 2012-08-06 15:47

    the gloves are out. The power of inteligency

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2012-08-06 15:55

    eish !! Now our clever lot think they can pull the wool over the UN's eyes. They are in for a treat !!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-10 23:18

      And still expect a permanent seat on the security council! Another case of the inmates running the asylum.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-06 15:59

    When will they ever learn?

      dave.reyneke - 2012-08-06 17:03

      Thats Bob Dylan's line

  • Pontsho Seemane - 2012-08-06 16:01

    talk about dirty politics,if Zuma and his son's business deals are investigated.....the power of chinese money.Mbeki was right about ..... being corrupt.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-06 16:09

    Sounds like another Winnie in the making! Is there no end to their greed??

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-06 16:24

    When are we all going to wake up to the realities in SA by setting limits on kickbacks, nespotism and corruption in the minesterial handbook? What is the point of denying that it is going on and complaining/spending taxpayer Rands on it, rather limit and tax it......only joking, it is aboherrent and undermines the basic premises of good governance. The book rights on this one could prove lucrative!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-08-06 16:39

    Would it be the reasons why my deputy president is so quiet about everything.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-08-07 16:28

    Stephen King you have enough material in South Africa to write many crime and intelligence novels!!!

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