Johannesburg - A senior manager at a state-owned airline has revealed how his boss authorised the payment of R31 million to a company whose director could not draft an invoice.
SA Express divisional manager for security management Timothy Ngwenya told the commission of inquiry into state capture that the airline paid whistleblower and businesswoman Babadi Tlatsana’s company Koreneka R31m in four invoices in 2016 for services that were not in the agreement between the two.
The invoices were approved by former SA Express chief executive Inati Ntshanga, according to Ngwenya.
He said SA Express staff was instructed by its former chief financial officer Mark Shelley to load Koreneka’s details into state-owned airline’s SAP system for vendors in May 5, 2016.
"The following day R8.5m was transferred from SA Express to Koreneka,” Ngwenya testified.