Johannesburg - Former Transnet chief financial officer Anoj Singh sidelined the state-owned company’s sufficiently resourced and qualified treasury in favour of Gupta associates during negotiations for a multi-billion rand deal to buy hundreds of locomotives.
Mathane Makgatho, Transnet’s group treasurer between March 2013 to November 2014, described how her former boss even issued instructions that she not be allowed in the data room whee documents submitted by bidders for the 1 064 locomotives contract were kept.
She told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that she ignored Singh’s instruction and spent an entire week in the data room and was shocked to realise similarities between the documents of two or three bidders.
According to Makgatho, some of the bidders had the same Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partner when ordinarily each and every bidder ought have a different BEE partner.
She said she informed then Transnet supply chain general manager Garry Pita about her concern.