- A late ally of Jacob Zuma, Don Mkhwanazi, apparently scored a huge tender after being present at meetings discussing the tender
- The R1.4 billion tender was awarded to Don's company and it's believed the process wasn't exactly above board
- Don was respected by many and is still considered the 'godfather of BEE'
One of Jacob Zuma's late friends, Don Mkhwanazi, is said to have presided over and won a huge Transnet deal for tugboats in a not-so-above-board manner.
Don passed away in 2016 and was applauded as the "godfather" of BEE, and South Africans had deep respect for him.
However, he is accused of a shady deal regarding a R1.4 billion tender, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
Don was the chair of Transnet's acquisitions committee in 2012, the time when the details of the big tugboat tender were discussed.
About 2 years later, the tender was awarded to Southern African Shipyards - a subsidiary of Ocean Marine Service.
Don was group chair of Ocean Marine Service until he died in 2016.
Minutes of the meetings have recently been revealed after there were concerns that the tender's details were not included in the National Treasury's forensic investigation into Transnet.
Despite excusing himself from two of the five meetings because of potential conflict of interest, he still received the minutes afterwards.
Don was also sent the bid package that had been discussed in the meetings he excused himself from.
Fellow committee member, Ellen Tshabalala, said she saw nothing wrong in awarding the tender to Mkhwanazi's SAS.
He was an experienced businessman who was in that business for years before he joined Transnet. There was nothing wrong with him getting the work. The Transnet board appointed experienced people in that committee and he knew the business. He got the business because he knew the work.
Don's death was seen as a huge loss to South Africa:
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