Cape Town 120209-Deputy President Kgalema Montlanthe"s partner Gugu Mtshali  at the opening of parliament.Picture Cindy waxa.
Cape Town 120209-Deputy President Kgalema Montlanthe"s partner Gugu Mtshali at the opening of parliament.Picture Cindy waxa.

Motlanthe’s partner link in chopper deal

By Sapa Time of article published Mar 12, 2012

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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 representatives of 360 Aviation to solicit a bribe of R104 million. This was in an attempt to secure a R2 billion deal to allow a ‘front’ company to supply US-made Bell helicopters and spare parts to the National Iranian Oil Company via SA, 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.”

The Sunday Times claims to have an audio recording of the meeting, on which Mtshali’s voice was allegedly heard.

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

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