Johannesburg - The Zondo commission has heard how a witness who testified at the inquiry in June has been forced to flee South Africa fearing for her safety.
Evidence leader Kate Hofmeyr made an opening address on Thursday and read an affidavit from Babadi Tlatsana’s lawyer. The affidavit details that Tlatsana had fled the country because she feared for her safety.
She had testified in June and told the commission of a dodgy 2015 tender deal that her company, Koroneka Trading and Projects, had won with SA Express. The contract was to supply ground services.
Tlatsana detailed how SA express former executive Brian Van Wyk had used Koroneka for corrupt dealings. She said that Van Wyk was in control of the company’s accounts.
Hofmeyr read from the affidavit and stated; "We communicated with her lawyer who was present during her testimony and he has indicated that there were threats made and intimidation to Mrs Tlatsana after her evidence at the commission and the consequence of which is that in fear for her life she has left the republic".