South African Ambassador Accused of Accepting Bribes from MTN

Telecoms

South Africa's foreign ministry has started an investigation into claims that the country's former Ambassador to Iran took a US$200,000 bribe to help MTN's attempt to secure a mobile license in the country.

MTN is already facing a lawsuit from Turkey's Turkcell over its claims that MTN bribed officials to have Turkcell removed from a winning consortium for the license.

South Africa's Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has confirmed that her department is investigating the allegations against Yusuf Saloojee, who was serving as Ambassador to Oman, but has since been suspended.

The South African government has previously denied that any of its officials were involved in the MTN transaction, which enabled the company to secure a 49% stake in the Iranian mobile network.

MTN has also repeatedly denied the charged, but has hired a UK Judge to investigate them.