Johannesburg - Former Justice Department director-general Nonkululeko Sindane has told the state capture inquiry that Bruce Koloane abused the positions of former president Jacob Zuma and two of his ministers.
Sindane told the commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that Koloane, who is now South Africa’s ambassador to The Netherlands, abused Zuma’s name and those of Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and former transport minister Ben Martins to approve the landing of the Gupta flight.
Koloane was Chief of State Protocol when the Gupta family landed a chartered Jet Airways plane packed with wedding guests at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in April 2013.
According to Sindane, Mapisa-Nqakula’s special advisor Michael Ramagoma informed Koloane that she did not want anything to do with the flight.
She said they were using the power of Mapisa-Nqakula’s office to ensure that junior officials approve the landing.