- Bruce Koloane has confessed to "name-dropping" Jacob Zuma in order to expedite the Guptas' Waterkloof landing application
- He made the statement during his Zondo Commission tesimony on Tuesday
- Koloane said that this name-dropping was an "error of judgement"
Bruce Koloane, former head of state protocol, says that he made a mistake by "name-dropping" Jacob Zuma and several ministers in order to pressurise officials to expedite the flight clearance application for the Guptas' Waterkloof landing.
Koloane says that he mentioned the names of a handful of Indian ministers in response to being told that the air force could only accept flights carrying heads of state and their deputies.
Koloane made the statements during his testimony on Tuesday before the Zondo Commission.
Additionally, Koloane admitted to having said that then-transport minister Ben Martins had received orders from Zuma to help the Guptas with their landing, according to The Citizen.
However, Koloane stressed that neither Zuma nor any ministers had instructed him to do so, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Indeed, Koloane confessed to "wrongly and wrongfully using the names of the then-minister of transport, Mr Ben Martins, the current minister of defence, as well as the presidency".
Notably, Koloane was the only official to be disciplined in connection to the Gupta landing, which violated protocol. This had led to speculation that Koloane was a "fall guy" for Jacob Zuma or others involved in the controversial.
While Koloane has no confirmed ties to the former president, there is evidence of his connection to the Guptas.
Koloane's testimony is set to continue.
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