Johannesburg - A senior North West provincial government official refused to process a R20-million payment to a company appointed to provide ground handling services at the Pilanesberg and Mahikeng airports.
Kutlwano Phatudi, who has been the North West community safety and transport management department’s chief financial officer since 2013, told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Friday that she only became aware of the strange deal between her department and state-owned airline SA Express only when she was asked to process the R20m for management company Koreneka Trading and Projects.
Phatudi said she asked for the basis of the payment to Koreneka when the department’s agreement with SA Express stated that the airline could only appoint a management company after consulting it.
“There was no proof that the department was involved in the appointment of the management company,” she said.
The commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo also heard that the provincial executive committee led by former premier Supra Mahumapelo approved the appointment of SA Express without following proper procurement procedures.