‘The business was hijacked’: Woman’s company used for state capture

‘The business was hijacked’: Woman’s company used for state capture

- Koroneka Trading and Projects director, Babadi Tlatsana, testified recently to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture how her business was taken over and subsequently used for state capture

- According to Tlatsana, SA Express commercial manager, Brian Van Wyk, ‘hijacked’ her company

- Van Wyk then proceeded to use Koroneka to siphon money from the government and SA Express into the accounts of unknown individuals

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Director for Koroneka Trading and Projects, Babadi Tlatsana, has outlined to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture how her business was “hijacked” and used to siphon money to unknown parties.

Koroneka was put in charge of ground handling services at the Mafikeng and Pilanesberg airports in 2015.

Tlatsana explained that SA Express (SAX) commercial manager, Brian Van Wyk, for all intents and purposes, took control of Koroneka.

According the Sowetan, Tlatsana said that Van Wyk used the company as a way to move money into unknown bank accounts from the North West government, as well as from SAX.

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Briefly.co.za found out that this testimony from Tlatsana follows on from the recent discovery made by the commission that the North West government Department of Community Safety and Transport Management’s deal with SAX took place under shady circumstances.

The commission found out from Tlatsana that a “detailed scheme of money laundering” took place via her company and that a total of approximately R97 million was siphoned off to various entities.

According to Tlatsana, no information regarding the payments was given to her; she was only made aware of the money entering and leaving Koroneka via payment notification SMSes.

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“The business was hijacked from me. The business was hijacked in the beginning because a lot of things were happening…I would not know, I would just see on the phone that money has gone,” Tlatsana said.

Tlatsana was paid R500 000 into an account for one of her other businesses, for her personal benefit.

When asked why she continued with the business dealings between Koroneka and Van Wyk, Tlatsana explained:

“I was just going along with this trying to trap him. I was just going along to get information to see what is he doing with all this money. It never came into my mind that I should contact a lawyer. I was just foolish by then.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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