JOHANNESBURG - Officials at state logistics company Transnet went out of their way to assist China South Rail (CSR) in its bid to be appointed for the supply of 95 locomotives, a report published by the National Treasury on Friday shows.
The report by Fundudzi Forensic Services, which was contracted by the National Treasury to probe irregularities at Transnet and state power utility Eskom, looks into the procurement process followed in the procurement of three batches of 95, 100 and 1,064 locomotives.
It says former cabinet minister Malusi Gigaba, who was then public enterprises minister, compromised the procurement process by signing the locomotive supply agreement between Transnet and CSR as a witness.
Gigaba resigned as home affairs minister and member of parliament this week, less than two weeks after the public protector found he had violated the Constitution and Executive Ethics Code by lying under oath.
The Fundudzi report says CSR also compromised the integrity of the procurement processes by communicating with Transnet's then group CEO Brian Molefe during the bidding process.