Iran helicopter deal has been investigated

Thuli Madonsela has concluded her investigation into the controversial Iran helicopter deal.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed on Monday that she has concluded her investigation into a controversial Iran helicopter deal.

The Trade and Industry Department has reportedly issued letters of support for a company wanting to sell choppers to Iran.

The Sunday Times said an independent audit has found by issuing the letters, the department may have put South Africa at risk of breaking United Nations (UN) enforced sanctions.

The 360 Aviation firm has reportedly tried to involve the Deputy President's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali, in a deal that would have seen her more than R100 million richer.

Madonsela said she would be issuing a draft report of her probe, soon.

"I am investigating whether or not there was any improper conduct on the part of the spouse of the deputy president regarding the issue. We have concluded our investigation."

She said she has received the independent audit report.

"We have concluded our provisional report, and have investigated all aspects of this."