Posts for February 2020

3 February 2020

The hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State will resume on 04 February 2020 at 10h00.


4 February 2020

An October 2012 meeting with Rajesh “Tony” Gupta at his family’s Saxonwold home was the catalyst for the demise of former South African Airways chairperson and acting CEO Vuyisile Kona, he told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Tuesday.

Refusal to treat with Guptas led to former SAA chair’s downfall

5 February 2020

Former SAA board member and SAA Technical (SAAT) chair Yakhe Kwinana has been implicated in a kickback scandal by a witness appearing before the commission of inquiry into state capture. It was in relation to a R1.2-billion contract for aircraft components for SAAT.

R1.2bn SAAT contract, kickback accusers point fingers at each other

6 February 2020

SAA Technical (SAAT) has to date spent just over R1-billion towards a contract that is shrouded with irregular processes, bidder favouritism and possible corruption, according to a senior official. SAAT is the national carrier’s aircraft maintenance division and is solely owned by SAA.

SAA, SAAT procurement irregularities revealed

13 February 2020

Advocate Nontsasa Memela, former head of procurement for SAA Technical (SAAT), has denied all claims of irregularities in the 2016 R1.3-billion tender for aircraft components and maintenance that was awarded by SAAT to a joint venture between South African company JM Aviation and US-based AAR Corp. The SAAT board approved the JM/AAR joint venture, despite recommendations from management of another supplier, Air France, following procurement process.

SAAT procurement head denies claims of irregularities in R1.3bn tender

17 February 2020

Thalente Myeni, the son of former SAA chairperson and close associate of former president Jacob Zuma, Dudu Myeni, appeared before the commission of inquiry into state capture under subpoena on Monday. Myeni was meant to answer to some of the consultancy work linked to his company, Premier Attraction 1016, which has enjoyed numerous consulting contracts across the country, including government-based.

Thalente Myeni kept no records of his company’s business

18 February 2020

Had it not been for the probe into his business affairs by the state capture commission late last year, the safety of the family of KwaZulu-Natal businessman “Mr X”, who has testified in-camera, would not be a cause for concern. For the period that he has testified on Monday and Tuesday, they have been forced to flee their home and take refuge with neighbours, unsure of what might happen to them, he said.

Myeni laundered R3m to Zuma foundation, says scared Mr X

19 February 2020

The commission of inquiry into state capture heard on Wednesday how former South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni ordered the vetting of over 100 executive managers of the airline, supposedly for purposes of combating corruption.

Myeni’s invasive vetting of SAA execs uncovered

21 February 2020

“In as much as SAA is an airline, it can’t operate on autopilot.” This was one of the closing remarks of Polani Sokombela, the man who oversaw the auditing of South African Airways (SAA) by government for the first time in 2017. Sokombela is the head of the business executive unit for the Auditor-General of South Africa (Agsa).

SAA was in state of disarray for years

25 February 2020

Former communications minister Yunus Carrim says his stance on the controversial digital migration led to personal attacks aimed at him by those who benefited from the current analogue broadcasting format. Before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture today, the ANC veteran listed media companies Naspers and Multichoice as the ones that went out of their way to destroy his name.

Determination to forge ahead with digital migration was Carrim’s downfall