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Posts for March 2021

1 March 2021

Former CEO of Eskom Matshela Koko categorically denied having known that he was sharing Eskom internal matters with someone outside the power utility. Koko was making his fourth appearance before the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture.

Koko adamant he was tricked into sharing Eskom info with third party

2 March 2021

Former Eskom CEO Brain Molefe made a return to the stand at the commission of inquiry into allegations of corruption and state capture to explain the prepayment of R1.68-billion Eskom made to Tegeta to obtain Optimum Coal Mine.

Molefe labels Gupta link a smear campaign

4 March 2021

Bianca Goodson, the former CEO of Trillian Management Consultancy, has told the state capture commission that she was used as a conduit for the advancement of dodgy contracts involving Eskom and Transnet, and she has regrets for the role she played.

Goodson tells Zondo she regrets Trillian run

4 March 2021

Former Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee received around R400 000 per month from the company while on suspension between September 2015 and April 2016, despite its cash flow problems, while the board of the time, led by private attorney Daniel Mantsha, investigated charges of misconduct against him.

Mantsha sticks to his guns on Denel suspensions

8 March 2021

On Monday Malusi Gigaba cross-examined an in-camera witness who testified in September last year about his time as a personal protection officer for the former cabinet minister.

Gigaba cross-examines former bodyguard before Zondo

8 March 2021

Former Transnet GCEO Brian Molefe has told the commission of inquiry into state capture that members of the Gupta family deserve to be protected by law enforcement agencies as much as any other accused, before being declared guilty of the crimes they have been accused of.

Molefe proud of links with Guptas Zondo hears

11 March 2021

Former Transnet GCEO Siyabonga Gama has told the state capture commission that if there was any political interference in his reinstatement to the position of CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 2011, he knew nothing about it.

Transnet board begged for my return says Gama

11 March 2021

From defending the Guptas to posturing with lengthy analogies against his evidence leader and finally throwing the secretary of the state capture commission under the bus, Brian Molefe had an eventful week appearing before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Brian Molefe appears before Zondo_part one

11 March 2021

When Brian Molefe approved a payment of R20-million of Transnet’s money in 2011 to a security company owned by former cabinet minister Siphiwe Nyanda, he had not fully applied his mind.

Brian Molefe appears before Zondo_part two

12 March 2021

Former Transnet CFO Anoj Singh has rubbished allegations by his former driver that he visited the Gupta residence on several occasions during his tenure to collect cash, placing it in safety deposit boxes at a nearby facility.

Driver testimony not credible Singh tells Zondo

16 March 2021

A former senior manager at Eskom’s Kusile power station says she had no reason to participate in a witch hunt against the power utility’s former head of electricity generation, Matshela Koko. Nonhlanhla Kraai testified before the state capture commission on Tuesday.

Former manager confirms Masango evidence on meeting with Koko Essa

17 March 2021

Former transport minister Dipuo Peters has stuck to her guns on the matter of her decision to fire the Prasa board in March 2017, saying it was her decision, and not a result of pressure from the ANC, which had been implicated in the agency’s corruption investigation.

I removed the Prasa board not ANC says Peters

18 March 2021

Former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh admitted before the state capture commission on Thursday to engaging prospective contractors McKinsey Consulting and BEE partner Regiments Capital on a turnaround strategy for Eskom before he even joined the power utility on a secondment from Transnet in 2015.

Singh met with McKinsey, Regiments before starting at Eskom

19 March 2021

Former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has defended her role in the events at Eskom that have been under scrutiny at the state capture commission for several months.

I fought corruption but became Eskom scapegoat says Brown

19 March 2021

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has defended Bosasa’s security upgrades to his three private homes in Gauteng and Eastern Cape, saying they were a favour from company executive Papa Leshabane, and not the company itself.

Bosasa favours were not bribes says Mantashe

19 March 2021

Deputy minister of military veterans Thabang Makwetla says the first time he learned of a Special Investigating Unit report into catering company Bosasa was in 2019 at the end of his term as deputy minister of correctional services.

Makwetla tells Zondo he regrets Bosasa favour

22 March 2021

Lynne Brown has once again defended the appointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO in August 2015, months after he was seconded from Transnet, but could not recall if company policy was 2021.

Markets ‘rejoiced’ after Brian Molefe joined Eskom says Brown

23 March 2021

What started out as a more cordial second round of cross-examination by Advocate Dali Mpofu of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday evening, ended with Mpofu accusing the state capture commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Raymond Zondo of being “unfair” and “wrong” in the treatment of his team.

Gordhans cross-examination ends in Mpofu outburst against Zondo

23 March 2021

The state capture commission has heard how Bain & Company South Africa paid a local company, run by creative artists, millions annually to connect the advisory company with influential politicians and leaders of state owned entities.

Bain paid for parties for Zuma ANCYL Zondo hears

24 March 2021

Former Bain & Company South Africa consultant Athol Williams completed his testimony before the state capture commission on Wednesday with a plea for its chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to help recommend better security for whistle-blowers in the country.

Bain’s dirty laundry out before Zondo

25 March 2021

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment on the case between the state capture commission and former president Jacob Zuma. The commission has asked the court to find Zuma guilty of contempt for his refusal to appear before it in January and February this year.

Zondo makes case before Concourt for Zuma imprisonment

25 March 2021

Former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane joined the service with a clear brief to frustrate its investigative efforts into illicit trade, organised crime and tax evasion, many of which implicated politicians and prominent individuals.

Moyane joined Sars to frustrate high profile investigations

25 March 2021

The state capture commission’s Advocate Pule Seleka noted on Thursday that former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh was so “hands off” in his first year at the company, that he led talks on a turnaround plan with external advisors McKinsey Consulting, “unaware” that there was no contract validating the agreement between the two companies. Singh joined Eskom in August 2015.

Singh’s Trillian bonanza again the focus of Zondo commission

26 March 2021

Former president Jacob Zuma continued his defiance of the commission of inquiry into state capture, the Constitutional Court and by extension, the judiciary, in a statement released in the late hours of Thursday night. Zuma has been pushing back against requests, subpoenas, summonses, and court orders to appear before the commission since his first and only meaningful appearance in July 2019, despite declaring in August 2018 that he was prepared to defend the allegations which have been brought against him.

Zuma hits back against Zondo, ConCourt, and judiciary

26 March 2021

Travelling for private business with members of the Gupta family and their associates while he was chairman of state arms manufacturer Denel was not inappropriate, according to attorney Daniel Mantsha, and did not mean that he was influenced by them in his duties. He testified before the state capture commission on Friday.

Benefits from Guptas did not sway me, says Mantsha

29 March 2021

Matshela Koko has told the commission of inquiry into state capture that he is not credited for championing transformation within Eskom’s supplier space, and fighting corruption within the power utility, but is thrown under the bus by those who wish to use the commission to push a certain narrative to make themselves look clean.

Koko: Ngubane, Daniels trying to throw me under the bus