Johannesburg - The state capture inquiry will investigate allegations that North West community safety and transport management department chief financial officer Kutlwano Phatudi benefited from a multimillion rand deal after the Pilanesberg and Mahikeng airports were reopened.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Friday ordered that the commission’s investigators to probe the allegations made by SA Express divisional manager for security management Timothy Ngwenya that Phatudi was among the beneficiaries of payments totalling R51 million from the state-owned airline and the community safety and transport management department to Koreneka Trading and Projects.
Koreneka had been appointed by SA Express to provide ground handling services at the Pilanesberg and Mahikeng airports.
Recordings made by Koreneka director Babadi Tlatsana, which Ngwenya obtained during his investigation of the R31m paid by SA Express to Koreneka, identified Phatudi, former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, erstwhile Cabinet ministers Lynne Brown and Dipuo Peters as some of the beneficiaries of the R51m in payments.
The community safety and transport management department paid Koreneka R20m.