PRETORIA – Businessman Lawrence Mulaudzi, who has been heavily implicated by the James Noko (whistleblower) emails over alleged improprieties at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), on Wednesday said the R300 000 forwarded to Pretty Louw, came directly from him.
Mulaudzi was testifying before the PIC Commission of Inquiry, led by retired Judge Lex Mpati, where he categorically stated that the payments did not come from Ascendis or Kefolile.
“I further record that I did not and do not, have any relationship with Ms Louw. When we met after (the PIC chief executive) Dr Dan Matjila’s intervention, I recognised that I had met her before at a social environment. I did not have any other dealings with her,” said Mulaudzi.
Mulaudzi also told the commission that he was not forced to forward the money to Louw, however, he could not say "no" to the PIC chief executive.
He also said it was known in the business space that Matjila's influence was quite significant.