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28 Nov 2017 16:04
"For all the media allegations, we made a point of reporting them to the police. There are cases that have been opened as a result of it," Transet CEO Siyabonga Gama told MPs. (Paul Botes/M&G)
Transnet is currently conducting internal probes into six Gupta-linked deals, following allegations made against them in various recent media reports, MPs have heard.
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama appeared before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday to account for a number of contracts that had deviations and expansions in recent years.
During the sitting, he told MPs that Transnet had taken media reports based on the recent #GuptaLeaks very seriously, and that investigations were underway.
“For all the media allegations, we made a point of reporting them to the police. There are cases that have been opened as a result of it,” he told MPs.
All six allegations relate to the infamous Gupta family, including:
As the pension deal was currently before the courts, Gama said he was limited in what he could say.
For others, Transnet’s board was currently leading the process into the R50-billion locomotive deal, and a report was expected by mid-December, he said.
The SAP internal probe had also been completed.
Gama said that no Transnet employees were found guilty of any wrongdoing in German software company SAP’s admission that it paid Gupta-linked companies to help secure contracts at the entity.
“In the SAP deal, we can say no wrongdoing was found on the part of Transnet employees, but there were three employees that SAP were going to do additional investigations on,” he said.
Last month, SAP said it had reported its Gupta-linked accounts to US authorities for further investigation, after an amaBhungane report accused it of paying a 10% “commission” to clinch Transnet’s business.
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It had also initiated disciplinary procedures against three employees, but was not working with South African authorities.
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi said the committee needed to treat the claims as allegations for now, until there were concrete outcomes to the various processes.
ANC MP Nthabiseng Khunou added that she was worried that Transnet had only acted after it was exposed in the media, and were not acting proactively.
Scopa will return on Wednesday next week to scrutinise hundreds of Transnet contracts, with the aid of National Treasury and the Hawks.
Gama and his delegation were requested to provide more information on “each and every case” presented before the committee on Tuesday, so as to prepare for the meeting next week.
Scopa would also ask National Treasury for all the reports it had compiled on Transnet —News24
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