Bruce Koloane testified at the Zondo Commission, denying that he was ever under pressure from Jacob 'Number One' Zuma to allow the Guptas to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base. The Former head of state protocol claims his memory has failed him on other key points.
Bruce Koloane told the State Capture Inquiry that ex-president Jacob Zuma never pressurised him to allow a private Gupta jet to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base.
Now South Africa's ambassador to the Netherlands, Koloane was found to have facilitated the abnormal incident, but he claims to not have had the authority to force the Department of Defence's hand, as alleged.
Koloane was implicated by an affidavit put forward by defence force officials, prompting his appearance before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, reports EWN.
Despite being given the opportunity to postpone his appearance, Koloane claimed that he had not been given adequate time to prepare at times, claiming that he could not remember key details at others.
While the former head of state protocol admits to requesting the Indian High Commissioner's application be expedited, Koloane denies forcing a favourable outcome:
“I did not ever give myself power that I never had because I knew my limitation in terms of the statutes and there is no way I could have given instructions that I order another official from another department.”
As for the letter penned by his personal assistant claiming he green-lighted the landing, Koloane insists it was a miscommunication, Briefly.co.za reported, which had read:
“As per your discussion with ambassador Koloane, with regard to the flight clearance landing at Waterkloof, kindly note that Koloane telephonically approved the request.”
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