22.1.2020 03:15 pm
Tender processes were circumvented in the Amigos case, according to witness at state capture inquiry
The head of the department of health at the time allegedly collaborated with the supplier to manipulate tender specifications to suit the latter’s entity.
The commission of inquiry into state capture heard on Wednesday of how procurement processes were circumvented at the KwaZulu-Natal department of health (DoH) in order to award a contract to a politically linked entity.
The head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) investigative directorate says she fears ‘damage wrought’ by corruption is ‘irreparable’.
The case relates to tenders for the supply of water purification and oxygen plants to the KwaZulu-Natal’s health and local government departments.
While it is unclear what exactly his testimony will concern, he was previously mentioned in the testimony of ex-policeman Major General Johan Wessel Booysen.
The chairperson says the team should have satisfied itself that the statement of Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya falls within the inquiry’s terms of reference.
‘This is absolute nonsense,’ Van Loggerenberg told the state capture commission on Wednesday when it shone the spotlight on the alleged capture of law enforcement agencies.
Panday is implicated in evidence relating to the alleged capture of law enforcement agencies.
The witness alleges that this was done so that the provincial commissioner’s contract could be extended.
The commission was on Wednesday hearing testimony relating to investigations into Durban based businessman Thoshan Panday who was said to have had business relations with Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward.
Ex-president Jacob Zuma previously testified he couldn’t recall giving an instruction that Maseko be fired for allegedly failing to cooperate with the Guptas.
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The witness says it was strange that it was mentioned that the then-president Jacob Zuma was aware of the landing.
The chairperson of the commission says it is hoped the meeting will assist in looking at dates when Zuma’s medical condition would not prevent him from appearing before the inquiry.
The former president is opposing an application which would see him return to the commission at the end of January.
Former president Jacob Zuma could be summoned to appear before the commission from January 27 to 31.