National 14.8.2016 09:31 am

Zuma’s friend now ‘R550m richer’ – report

President Jacob Zuma with Sanco national treasurer Roy Moodley during a Sanco rally at the Curries Fountain Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini was booed by supporters of reinstated Cosatu secretary-general, Zwelizima Vavi during the rally. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma with Sanco national treasurer Roy Moodley during a Sanco rally at the Curries Fountain Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini was booed by supporters of reinstated Cosatu secretary-general, Zwelizima Vavi during the rally. Picture: Gallo Images

A company owned by a known ANC member and benefactor has said that being asked to explain the circumstances around a Prasa tender is bullying.

News24 reported on Sunday that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA has been involved in yet another possible scandal involving a long-time friend of President Jacob Zuma.

A company owned by Zuma’s friend allegedly received payments worth more than R550 million from a “tender-rich” IT company called Siyangena Technologies after the latter won disputed contracts worth R4 billion. The website’s reporter, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, writes that he confirmed the payments with three independent sources.

The contracts are related to the installation of security cameras, access gates and other security equipment at train stations countrywide.

The benefactor is reportedly Chockalingam (Roy) Moodley, who owns Siyangena with soccer boss Mario Ferreira. Moodley has previously been a ward chairperson for the ANC in Umhlanga and has in the past spoken publicly about his financial contributions to the ANC.

Private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan laid a complaint against Siyangena in 2015 but is reportedly still waiting to hear of any concrete action taking place to investigate the company and the tender award. Moodley did not respond to News24’s queries, although his company, Siyangena, had a lawyer write a letter that accused the journalist of bullying tactics.

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