Pandor to discuss Koloane matter with President


International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor says she intends to hold talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa on whether any action needs to be taken against the Ambassador to the Netherlands, Bruce Koloane.

Pandor on Thursday briefed media ahead of participating in a debate on her department’s budget vote in Parliament on Thursday.

“With respect to Ambassador Koloane, I do think we need to have a discussion with the President.

“We have not had such a discussion as yet. It is my intention that we do discuss whether any particular action might be merited – be it some form of letter of further training or any other action the President might deem necessary. It is a matter that I will be taking up,” she said.

Pandor was responding to a question on whether any action would be taken against the Ambassador in relation to revelations he made at the State Capture Commission that he used the names of politicians, including former President Jacob Zuma, to put pressure on SANDF officials at Waterkloof Airforce base in 2013 to allow the Gupta family to land their aircraft before being escorted to a wedding.

Pandor could not shed more light at the time of the briefing, saying: “I think I want to leave it at that because I don’t want to make it a practice in media briefings to discuss individual ambassadors or staff of the department. It is just something I don’t particularly do but it is in the public domain and given, I respond in that way.”