Volmink said Molefe had “unbundled” confinement tenders to McKinsey Consulting so that they could fall within his delegated authority and escape scrutiny from higher authorities at the entity.
Volmink said that Molefe had approved four different transactions to McKinsey in a matter of days so they could fall separately into his delegated authority.
“Our code of ethics states that it is considered an ethical breach to unbundle a transaction into smaller components in order to avoid higher level of authority and scrutiny,” Volmink said.
“Over a period of four days, former group chief executive Brian Molefe approved four confinements (to McKinsey) with a combined value of R690 million. Molefe had a delegation to approve confinements, but only up to R250m. Each of the four confinements fell under R250m; the first one was R130m, the second one was R239m, the third one R150m and the fourth one R100m. So when viewed on their own, they would have fallen through his delegated authority, but viewed cumulatively it should been referred to the board acquisition and disposal committee.” The confinement to McKinsey effectively made it the sole bidder to some contracts with the rail and logistics group.