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Koloane and his ilk must be brought to book

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Koloane’s conduct exposes what is at the heart of state capture - lies, greed, disrespect for the oath of office and general thieving

South Africa - Johannesburg - 08 July 2019 - Former Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Bruce Koloane appears before the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture. Picture: Dimpho Maja/African News Agency(ANA)

SOMETHING incredible happened on Tuesday at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

South Africa’s ambassador to The Netherlands, Bruce Koloane, was forced by recorded calls into making a dramatic about-turn on his earlier statement about the landing of Gupta wedding guests at Waterkloof Air Force Base in 2013.

The day before, Koloane had put on a spectacular show of lies and episodes of amnesia. He essentially lied under oath about his central role in ensuring that the Guptas land at one of the country’s national key points.

Two of South Africa’s top military generals described the landing of a chartered aircraft with over 200 guests as a national security breach.

Retired Lieutenant-General Derrick Mgwebi told the commission the landing was embarrassing and hurt the image of the South African Defence Force.

Koloane, who was awarded with a post to The Netherlands by former president Jacob Zuma, is but one of the many rogue elements that aided and abetted the selling of a country to an Indian family.

What was also astonishing was his offer to apologise to Zuma, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and former transport minister Ben Martins for abusing their names to facilitate the landing – not to us, the nation he wronged and fooled.

Koloane’s conduct exposes what is at the heart of state capture – lies, greed, disrespect for the oath of office and general thieving.

These are men and women who sold the country that many fought and died for to a family. The whole Struggle against Apartheid was reduced to the Guptas and other rich families in this country.

Yesterday, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor said she would approach President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss steps to be taken against Koloane.

“It is my intention that we do discuss whether any particular action might be merited, be it some form of letter or further training, or any other action might be deemed necessary,” Pandor said.

Mr President, Minister Pandor, there is no discussion to have here – recall Koloane and haul him before the law and hunt for more Koloanes in dealing with state capture.