'Koloane's admissions aren't new, he was disciplined for them,' says Dirco

Former head of state protocol Bruce Koloane continued his testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Tuesday.

Koloane told the commission that he put pressure on South African National Defence Force officials to authorise the landing of a Guptas private chartered aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base because he wanted to impress the Indian High Commissioner.

[RELATED] Bruce Koloane denies authorising Gupta landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base

But what do these admissions mean for Koloane's job at Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) as ambassador to the Netherlands?

To discuss Koloane's admission, Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show speaks to head of public diplomacy Clayson Monyela.

I am going to limit my comment to the action that was taken by the department following the developments of that landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Clayson Monyela, Head of public diplomacy - Dirco

He says ambassador to the United Nations and former Dirco director general Jerry Matjila testified before Koloane, Matjila alluded to a disciplinary process that followed the landing during which Koloane pleaded guilty to all charges that had been put before him by Dirco.

He pleaded guilty to all charges, and the outcome of that disciplinary process was a final written warning but linked to that, Koloane was also removed from his position of chief of state protocol and was no longer responsible to that state of work. That is what happened at that time.

Clayson Monyela, Head of public diplomacy - Dirco

Monyela says the commission is hearing testimonies of events that have already taken place and in some instances, some processes followed when those events took place.

[RELATED] 'No one approached me about Gupta Waterkloof landing,' Martins tells commission

In law, there is something called double jeopardy. Even though some people are hearing Koloane's version of events for the first time... at Dirco this was a process undertaken during his disciplinary hearing, and he pleaded guilty to all charges and that process was concluded.

Clayson Monyela, Head of public diplomacy - Dirco

He adds that Koloane's disciplinary hearing took place before he could be appointed an ambassador.

In other words these issues of dishonesty, name-dropping and all these things, he admitted them at the disciplinary hearing before he was made ambassador. He is not admitting these things for the first time.

Clayson Monyela, Head of public diplomacy - Dirco

Listen below to the full interview:


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