Johannesburg - A Joburg businessman whose company received millions of rands through dodgy payments from state-owned airline South African Express has told the state capture inquiry he returned the money.
Vivien Natasen, the sole director and shareholder of consulting company Neo Solutions, told the commission of inquiry probing state capture on Friday that he did not benefit from payments of millions of rands from Koreneka Trading and Projects, a company hijacked by former SA Express general commercial manager Brian van Wyk.
“Whatever we received from Van Wyk purportedly as a dividend from Koreneka was returned to him,” Natasen said.
Last month, Koreneka director Babadi Tlatsana testified at the commission that her company paid R9.9 million to Neo Solutions.
Neo Solutions then paid R9.3m to Batsamai Investments, which is owned by Sipho Levy Phiri, Van Wyk’s life partner.