JOHANNESBURG - The chief executive of South Africa’s Transnet and two other senior officials have been told they will be suspended, the chairman of the state-owned logistics utility said on Wednesday, without giving a reason for the possible suspensions.
Popo Molefe told talk radio station 702 that Transnet’s board had served the chief executive Siyabonga Gama, chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyane and supply chain manager Lindiwe Mdletshe with notices of intention to suspend.
“The notice of suspension articulates a number of reasons but ... I do not think it would be proper for us to ventilate those reasons so early before the actual disciplinary hearing starts, because we have given them the opportunity to give us cause as to why we should not proceed (with suspension),” he said.
The state firm, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in South Africa, is among utilities alleged to have granted contracts illegally.
It is investigating allegations of corruption in the procurement of 1,064 diesel and electric locomotives worth around R54 billion.