Motlanthe seeks probe into bribery claims

2012-03-12 19:32

Cape Town - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has asked the public protector to investigate "bribery" allegations made against his partner in a weekend newspaper report.

Motlanthe had written to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela requesting her to investigate allegations made against him and Gugu Mtshali in the Sunday Times newspaper, his office said in a statement.

"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," his office said.

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 with 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.

Managing director of 360 Aviation Barry Oberholzer was quoted as saying: "We believe we were being asked for a bribe... in exchange for government support."

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

Motlanthe's 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 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 US, which manufactures Bell helicopters, prohibits the sale of military equipment to Iran.

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."

  • Brad - 2012-03-12 19:39

    I like this guy... I wish all of them were like this

      Pierre - 2012-03-12 19:49

      I also like him - if he of all people should be found guilty of wrongdoing there is really NO hope left for our country ...

      Tc - 2012-03-12 20:08

      Now Motlanthe is not only a racist, he now also a suspect of plundering, like the rest of the Plundering-ANC!!!

      Mr Kcopah - 2012-03-12 20:09

      I just think the Zuma camp is taking precautions ahead of elections and painting a dark stain on a possible successor..but lets not jump the gun..awaiting PP's findings

  • Kolobe - 2012-03-12 19:50

    knowing sa media..sunday times was most likely wrong, question is what are the repercussions

      Max - 2012-03-12 20:19

      They have her voice on tape. The issue here is a bit more serious, Motlanthe does not deny the allegations of the incident taking place he is of the view that they have committed no wrongdoing by being involved. The sad part is not the fact that these people are corrupt to the core, the sad part is they actually see nothing wrong with their behaviour.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 20:24

      @Kolobe I won't bet with part of my anatonomy on that. I have learnt it in the hard way. I am ANC through and through and I defend the policies and the principles that the organisation stands for and I believe its the only organisation that can truely build South Africa, but I don't defend any single leader anymore for accusation of corruption. When the Tony Yengeni story of bribery came out from Sunday Times by Mzi WaAfrika, my first impression was another ANC bashing story to undermine this government by undermining our leaders. What easy it could have been for Yengeni to just give the journalist the banking papers to prove that the car was bought through the bank. As the story unfold he started to become arrogant and started to politicise the matter - we all know how he end up. I respect Motlanthe's handling of the matter by referring it to the PP but I am not going to defend his innocence he has to do it himself. I am only worried about the reputation of the organisation.

      Kolobe - 2012-03-12 20:31

      doubt anybody would "seek a probe" so quickly when they are guilty

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 20:44

      There were no choices, any denial against the evidence presented would have made it difficult for him later on to say he is not involve in his girlfriends's dealings which I think will be his defence(It worked for Siyabonga Cwele and Vavi when their wifes were found in criminal acts). I am sorry his girlfriend will be compromised on this.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-13 05:50

      If the newspaper is wrong and they made the story up then they must be severely dealt with. I believe in the absolute freedom of speech and the media but will not countenance deliberate dishonest reporting and inferences.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-12 20:12

    Can't wait for this guy to be our president, he's like mbeki, maybe he can open a new chapter for this country...100% Motlante -100% Zuma & Juju...all the way.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 20:47

      I totally disagree, Mbeki is in his own class. He can't be compared with to Motlanthe, Zuma and Juju.

      Glyn - 2012-03-12 22:04

      Mbeki was one of the best two presidents we have had!

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 20:26

    Media24 am I being censored, all my posting are being deleted.

      Dawood - 2012-03-12 21:22

      nothing new Mzwandile..theyre a bunch of racists working for a racist media company..they generally do delete the comments of the previously disadvantaged..

      Francois - 2012-03-12 22:04

      Mzwandile, it is not Media24 necessarily. Media24 only censors you if your comments are in breach of the constitution. The other readers may report your comments as abusive - thus don't go on the attack. Some of the readers would like to hear your point of view - thus rather answer simple questions like "what is ecnomic freedom?", than to go on rhetoric how stupid or cruel whites are.

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-12 20:28

    I do hope the papers got there facts right this time, as this will screw up all our effort 2 stop the secrecy bill.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-12 20:38

    Attack is the best way of defense. All we ask for is a nice report. We've more or less got her under control now. Those threats sure helped a lot. She won't do Julius and she won't do me. That's a good girl. Remember you are one of us. Tell them...they will believe you.

  • John - 2012-03-12 20:45

    mmm.. I'd like to know what the scope of the investigation is..... These things can be very limited...

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 21:06

      No one prescribe a scope to the PP. This investigation will centres around the media release that Sunday Time released. So don't worry my brother at least the PP has a reputation of investigating without fear or favour.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-12 20:56

    Firstly Motlanthe i sinnocent untill proven guilty, but I can't stop making this observation. Zuma was a deputy president of the ANC and of the country and he was implicated in corrupt activity through acourt judgement against Shabir (Mbeki fired him from DP of the country). This all happen just prior to the elective conference of the ANC (the infamous Polokwane conference. Motlanthe is the deputy president of the ANC and that of the country and there are fingers point to a corruption activity.Big Q - if PP find a prima facie case will Zuma fire Motlanthe seeing that we are going to another electibe conference (another infamous Mangaung).

  • Frank - 2012-03-12 21:43

    If these ANC brain deads stay in power much longer, we are going to have sanctions on South Africa all over again. It will take American intelligence about an hour to find out if arms (helicopters) are sold to Iran via dickheads in South Africa. Go for it, idiots!!

  • Sam - 2012-03-12 22:05

    @Francois, economic freedom is a programme of the ANC it is surprising that you hate policies of the anc yet you are DA,why do have to hate a programme that is design to enrich black people, unfortunately it is here to stay I dont see any reason why white ppl dont want this policy in the anc. It is basically BEE/AA/Land transformation of which will happen and I will appreciate it to come soon in the form of zim style, since you think SA is europe, the day it will explode it will be very quick than zim

      Francois - 2012-03-12 22:22

      Sam, I am sorry to shock you, I am not politically affiliated. I normally vote for the future of SA on ballot day and my vote is my secret. Then please be reminded that the constitution of SA guarantees ownership and before you can have land grabbing like in Zim, you will need to have a change in constitution like they had in Zim. If you think Zim is for the better thereafter it is absolutely find with me, I will differ, but you have your right to freedom of expression under the very same mentioned constitution. It is strange that the ANCYL called for economic freedom, but I have never heard Patel, Gordhan, Gigaba, Rob Davies, Zuma or Moltande using that expression. As far as I can recall the "programme" of the ANC is a better life for all and as we have a constitutional democracy and since the ANC won the last elections, they can implement their policies and BEE and AA and land reform are already happening with the latter a mandate to the ANC under the 1996 constitution. Thus if what AA and BEE and land transformation is economic freedom we are already a long way there. I however think that Malema thought it was something else - if I am correct, can you please explain a bit more, I am a bit of a stupid umlungu.

  • Garth - 2012-03-13 08:29

    Shame poor mtshali. First some `Report' fingers her; now her man wants her probed.

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