- Bruce Koloane says that he pushed for the Gupta family to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base because he had hoped to impress the Indian High Commissioner
- Koloane admits to name-dropping, using the names of prominent figures, including Jacob Zuma
- While the former head of state protocol denies benefiting from the incident, he admitted to other dealings with the notorious family
Ex-head of state Protocol Bruce Koloane says that he pushed for the Gupta's Waterkloof landing in the hopes of impressing the Indian High Commissioner.
Koloane, testifying at the state capture inquiry, said that he had put pressure on SANDF officials to authorise the landing of a privately chartered aircraft at the restricted base, Briefly.co.za reported.
Recordings of his conversations had been submitted as evidence, forcing Koloane to admit to the role he had played in the incident.
Admitting to name-dropping, including mentioning ex-president Jacob Zuma, Koloane was asked what his motive had been, to which he responded:
“India, being one of the strategic partners and as part of Brics, I had the interest to appease him and build a personal relationship over time. That really was one of the fundamental reasons why I wanted to appear to him to be the most effective guy who can make this happen.”
EWN reports that Koloane insists he never personally benefited from the matter. However, he admitted that he had set up business meetings for the Guptas in the Netherlands, introducing the family to business people.
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