Johannesburg - The opposition of former finance ministers Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene to the cutting of corners and flouting of legislation by departments when procuring services was one of the main reasons why they were in former president Jacob Zuma’s bad books.
This is according to former Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile, who returned to the stand at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday to continue his testimony.
Fuzile said Zuma and others in his government were frustrated by the Treasury’s reluctance to approve big transactions without due diligence, which they seemed to be personally committed to, without following due processes.
The projects included the nuclear procurement project; the purchase of shares in Engen by Petro SA; matters relating to SAA, including approvals; the Sassa (South African Social Security Agency) grant contract; the Gupta-linked Denel-Asia matter; and the closure of Gupta accounts by banks.
“These were big and significant projects. If you just take the nuclear procurement, I cannot think of any other project that the South African government had ever embarked on in the 25 years or so post-freedom.