- A Zondo Commission witness says Transnet paid a company R36 million for one day of work
- The company, Homix, is linked to the Guptas
- The deal took place in late 2014
Chartered accountant Gerhard van der Westhuizen has told the Zondo Commission that Transnet paid a Gupta-linked company R36 million for a single day's work.
Van der Westhuizen provided the Commission with the details of various contracts between Transnet and Neotel.
He says that he discovered a contract between Transnet and a company called Homix which had charged exorbitant fees for its services.
Van der Westhuizen had led negotiations between the state-owned company and Neotel, which were concluded on 13 December, 2014. However, Van Der Westhuizen claims that, after concluding the negotiations, he discovered the Homix contract for services which had begun on 12 December that year.
According to Van Der Westhuizen, R36 million had already been paid to Homix, meaning that the company had received the hefty payment for only one day of work, according to Eyewitness News.
Van Der Westhuizen claims that senior Transnet officials operated a so-called "parallel system". He says some officials operated outside of the procurement process in order to secure these dubious contracts, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
This is not the first allegation of shady deals at Transnet that the Zondo Commission has heard. Last week, Roberto Gonsalves claimed that Cosatu's investment arm received a cut of a major payment made to a company in exchange for locomotives that were never delivered.
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