Zondo Commission: Naidoo denies Zuma gave him preferential treatment

Zondo Commission: Naidoo denies Zuma gave him preferential treatment

Last week saw former South African Airways group treasurer, Cynthia Stimpel, giving evidence at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry. Stimpel claimed that ex-president Jacob Zuma had given Jayendra Naidoo and his company preferential treatment, which Naidoo denies.

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Cynthia Stimpel recently testified that Jayendra Naidoo had been earmarked for a deal at the airline by former president Jacob Zuma.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Stimpel had used this incident as proof of the influence the politician had over the state-owned entity.

In a statement, Jayendra Naidoo refutes Stimpel's claims, denying that his company had been allocated the deal in the first place:

"First South participated in a competitive procurement process of SAA and did not conclude any commercial transaction with SAA as a result. As it happens, the entities which were apparently shortlisted by SAA for the deal, namely Seacrest, BNP Capitaland the Free State Development Corporation, have no connection with Mr Naidoo or First South whatsoever."

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As far as Stimpel's claim that Wolf Meyer, former Chief Financial Officer at the airlines, had recorded a conversation in which he was reportedly told to “ensure that SAA gives (First South Financial Services) the deal because Number One wants this deal to happen", Naidoo has blasted this as 'hearsay evidence at least twice removed'.

In the statement, Naidoo points out that neither Meyer - nor the unidentified person who had told Meyer of Zuma's alleged preference - had come forward to testify.

Naidoo's lawyers have since written to the commission to place this information on record, regretful of the fact that he had not been given advance notice of Stimpel's evidence as is commonplace in these situations.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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