Johannesburg - The state capture inquiry has heard details of how Transnet executives favoured a Chinese company and actively assisted it to become the winning bidder in a locomotive tender.
Tshiamo Sedumedi, a director at MNS Attorneys, explained in detail how his law firm was appointed by the previous Transnet board to investigate a string of suspicious contracts that were awarded by Transnet over the years.
Sedumedi explained that their investigation primarily focused on the tender to procure 1064 locomotives. The investigation then expanded to include the procurement of 95 and 100 locomotives.
He said the investigation also expanded to include the Transnet Durban relocation project. These tenders have previously been mentioned at the inquiry by various witnesses. Sedumedi’s job was to fill in the gaps in relation to tenders and what MNS found during its investigations.
Sedumedi focused first on Transnet procurement of 100 locomotives. The SOE had issued a tender in 2011 and called for bidders.