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Motlanthe pleased with Mandosela's findings

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is pleased after being cleared from bribery allegations.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's office on Saturday said he will not be seeking legal action just yet after being cleared of allegations of involvement in bribery and corruption.

Motlanthe called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe the allegation made in a Sunday Times newspaper report in March 2012.

The deputy president's partner Gugu Mtshali allegedly solicited a bribe from 360 Aviation to get approval from the government for a helicopter deal with an Iranian company.

Madonsela found that the reports relied upon an incorrect transcript of a meeting which had taken place in Bryanston in northern Johannesburg in February.

She said she studied the actual recording.

"Miss Mtshali's presence and utterances in the meeting does not substantiate a finding that she participate in the meeting or solicited and/or accepted a bribe."

Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the deputy president has always maintained he has done nothing wrong.

"He is pleased the public protector arrived at the same realisation that the allegations are not true."

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