SA ambassador to Oman suspended

The South African ambassador to Oman faces allegations that he took a bribe from MTN.

MTN offices in Johannesburg. Picture: defenceweb.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - South African ambassador to Oman Yusuf Saloojee has been suspended, the Department of International Relations announced on Wednesday.

This after allegations of misconduct were levelled against him.

Saloojee has been the subject of an internal investigation dating back to the time when he was the South African ambassador to Iran.

He allegedly received a $200,000 bribe from telecommunications giant MTN.

In the United States, MTN faces a legal battle over the way it managed to secure an operating licence in Iran.

Rival bidder Turkcell lodged the application in a Washington court.

In 2011, former MTN executive Chris Kilowan spilled the beans on how the operator paid a bribe to Saloojee in exchange for political influence.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said, "We've since placed ambassador Saloojee on suspension until the investigation is concluded."

Monyela could not confirm when the investigation would be concluded.