preJohannesburg - Zondo commission resumes on Friday morning with more details about state capture allegations at Transnet.
On Thursday that commission heard from Roberto Gonsalves who is a minority shareholder in a company that formed a consortium with China North Rail, a Chinese locomotive company, to supply locomotives to Transnet.
Gonsalves took the commission through a trail of meetings and documentation which outlined how Transnet would latter overpay for a relocation fee.
In 2013 Transnet had issued a tender for the supply of 1064 locomotives. Gonsalves explained that his company along with a group of smaller companies and CNR decided to group together to bid and supply diesel locomotives to Transnet.
In 2015, Transnet decided to split the tender and awarded the CNR linked consortium to supply of 232 locomotives while other companies such as General Electric would supply the other half of the deal.
Gonsalves said as the deal between Transnet and CNR consortium was signed, it was known that the manufacturing would take place in Koedoespoort in Pretoria as there may have been facilities available for use. However, this later changed with Transnet requesting that location should take place to Durban.
Gonsalves said he and a number of stakeholders had disagreed with the need for relocation and insisted that the Gauteng location was best. He said even with the protests, Transnet insisted and even offered to be charged for the relocation fee.
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