17.3.2020 06:17 pm
The witness says former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana signed a contract worth R10 million a month which no one at Prasa knew about.
The commission of inquiry into state capture heard on Tuesday that it was not surprising that Siyangena Technologies, a company associated with businessman Roy Moodley, who is said to be linked to former president Jacob Zuma, was awarded a contract at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) because the specifications for the tender were "tailored" to the advantage of the company.
The witness says the board came to the conclusion that Lucky Montana deliberately misled it because he wanted it to approve tenders that were seriously flawed.
The transport minister allegedly took part in a radio interview where he claimed to have no prior knowledge that Thursday’s witness would provide testimony that implicates him.
The transport minister says he has not been notified of the ‘worrisome development’ through the proper legal channels.
The commission heard that this allegedly took place at the time when Molefe was the chair at Prasa.
The businessman reportedly told Prasa officials that he was one of the 15 or 17 top decision-makers in the nomination of those to be CEOs at SOEs.
The commission of inquiry into state capture is hearing testimony relating to the state capture of Prasa, and one businessman’s apparent power has been under close scrutiny.
The state capture inquiry will hear testimony of alleged monthly payments to former president Jacob Zuma by an entity that later scored a contract at Prasa.
Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa says: ‘I was asked to sign an indictment without a prosecutor’s memo or a docket.’
A staff memo issued by the CEO did not detail what the allegations were about but told staff that the organisation preemptively and emphatically denies them.
Lulama Mokhobo told the commission that the ‘disruptions’ by the former COO led to her suggestion that he be removed from his post.
Lulama Mokhobo says the former SABC COO was disruptive and wanted her removed from the position of CEO.
The minister of Justice Ronald Lamola says given the seriousness he has decided to provisionally suspend Nair with immediate effect, pending the outcome of an investigation.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says it is important to determine whether ‘forces outside of the SABC’ dictated what happened at the public broadcaster.