- Transnet scrapped BEE requirements on one of its contracts so that China South Rail could win the tender
- These are the allegations made by Tshiamo Sedumedi at the Zondo Commission
- He also says that China South Rail was in talks with Transnet about the contract before the tender was publicly announced
Attorney Tshiamo Sedumedi has told the Zondo Commission that black economic empowerment criteria were removed from a Transnet tender so that China South Rail could receive the contract.
Sedumedi works for MNS Attorneys, which was hired to look into several irregular contracts at Transnet.
The contract in question was for locomotives.
Sedumedi told the commission that the tender was for a contract to supply Transnet with 100 locomotives. Initially, the contract was subject to BEE criteria. However, China South Rail submitted a bid for the contract, but scored below the 60% required to comply with the BEE regulations.
Consequently, the officials in charge of awarding the contract decided to scrap the BEE requirement so that China South Rail would be eligible for the tender, according to Eyewitness News.
Sedumedi says these officials made this decision "of their own accord". He says they amended the contract requirements by adding a so-called "option two evaluation".
Additionally, Sedumedi claims that China South Rail was already in talks with Transnet concerning the tender before the contract was announced to the public.
As a result, Sedumedi believes that Transnet provided China South Rail with preferential treatment, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Sedumedi's testimony is the latest in allegations of corruption and irregular dealings at Transnet.
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