In those calls, reference is also made to "Number One", understood to be former president Jacob Zuma, whose instructions Koloane said he was acting on.
"I indicated that at no stage did the minister of transport, defence or the president in any way communicate with me either by themselves or through anyone in their offices… I abused the power of my office by calling officials who are processing and exerted pressure on them. But at no stage did I have control of diplomatic channels," Koloane said.
"I used my office to follow up on why the flight clearance was not processed. I do accept that it’s a clear abuse of my portfolio as the chief of protocol to have put pressure on the officials, in this case Ntshisi, to expedite the processing of the flight clearance, particularly given that I had not myself verified even with him whether all the administrative requirements had been met."
He admitted to using the names of the ministers and Zuma in pressuring defence employees to clear the flight - and maintains they had no knowledge of the flight and that he was not acting on their instructions.
"I agree that it was wrong of me to use their names... it potentially can taint the reputation and the image of the three that you have just mentioned," he said.