Protector okays Motlanthe probe request

2012-03-20 17:16

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will conduct a preliminary probe into allegations of bribe solicitation which may involve Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner, the protector's office said on Tuesday.

"Following a request by the deputy president, the public protector has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into the above allegations with a view to establishing whether anyone in the presidency or the department of trade and industry might have participated in unlawful conduct involving the use of state resources or power," it said.

The Sunday Times recently reported that Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali has allegedly been linked to a scheme to "buy" government approval for a plan to sell helicopters to Iran.

The protector would be able to determine whether "there are merits in the allegations that state resources and authority were employed to improperly enrich or advantage anyone for unlawful purposes".

The outcome of the preliminary investigation was expected by April 15.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 17:24

    looks like kgalema will be sleeping on the couch this whole month...don't underestimate innocent ladies like gugu...

  • hilton.baartman - 2012-03-20 17:38

    Well done Kgalema. Admirable what you've done here. Now if only JZ would do the same...

  • Gwayimbo - 2012-03-20 17:44

    Give Montlanthe a BELLS....better yet give him the presidents office n vacate Zuma. Amandla

  • Hennie - 2012-03-20 18:09

    Hmmm ... So the Kiddies are having there fight for the top ... and all of a sudden there's the top dogs coming to light ... VIVA ANC F&^K easy other up ... I love it

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-20 18:14

    Mangaung, here we go! Look at me, I 'm so honest, I 'm so different from JZ, I invite probes. Very good publicity stunt.

  • Michael - 2012-03-20 19:46

    Does anybody smell the irony of these times ? Any threats to Zumas re - election are quickly dealt with !! No coincidence to all these revelations - there will be no opposing candidate - it will be a one horse race !

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 10:27

    Well done Thuli, we need more like you but we also want action, not just talk. Will see what happens on April 15th

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