State capture: Local businessman paid himself R2.5m SAA tender

State capture: Local businessman paid himself R2.5m SAA tender

- Businessman, Vuyisile Ndzeku, has been caught red-handed for paying himself R2.5 million

- Ndzeku was cornered with incriminating evidence at the state capture commission

- The businessman continued to deny the accusations and insisted he could not remember the money entering his account

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South African businessman, Vuyisile Ndzeku, was caught red-handed for paying himself a R2.5 million SAA tender. The former director of JM Aviation SA appeared before the state capture commission to respond to the allegations of corruption levelled against him.

Ndzeku initially denied the accusations, including one suggesting that he paid himself R2.5 million. However when state capture commission evidence leader, advocate Kate Hofmeyr, cornered him, the businessman was forced to change his story.

One of the main allegations include a R1.5 billion ground-handling contract awarded to Swissport by Dudu Myeni's SAA in March 2016.

State capture: Local businessman paid himself R2.5m SAA tender

Vuyisile Ndzeku allegedly paid himself R2.5m from an SAA tender. Image: Getty Images
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During this time, SAA has introduced the “30% set aside” policy, which called on companies that worked with SAA to ensure that 30% of that business benefited black-owned companies.

According to evidence presented at the commission, Swissport had rejected complying with the 30% rule and their negotiations with SAA were terminated. Dudu Myeni and former chairperson of SAA Technical, Yakhe Kwinana then proposed that a company owned by Daluxolo Peter was to benefit from the 30%.

Shortly afterwards, Swissport was awarded the contract for a period of 5 years. During the contract signing Ndzeku was one one of the signed witnesses.

Just eight days later, Swissport paid JM Aviation SA R28.5 million and on the very same day, Ndzeku's company processed several payments including; R20m to Peter's company, R2.5m to BM Kolisi Attorneys, and R2.5m to Ndzeku's personal account.

Ndzeku denied these allegations until he was shown his own bank statements which reflected the R2.5 million.

After being presented the evidence, Ndzeku then insisted that he could not remember the money entering the account.

Ndzeku repeatedly said: “I am sorry to disappoint, chairperson, but I cannot remember.”

And that's not all. Ndzeku went on to say that he did not know why his company paid R20 million to Peter.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported that all eyes are on the government as allegations of graft in relation to Covid-19 tenders dominate headlines.

Now it has emerged that ex-minister Nomvula Mokonyane's daughter has also gotten herself a slice of the R500 billion pandemic pie.

While the legality of the situation remains unclear the company, Tuwo Rhodesia was established less than six months before it secured the tender.

The Gauteng Government handed the company, headed by Katleho and one other, R2.79 million to supply PPE.

Despite the company only being established essentially a few months ago, Katleho Mokonyane has secured nearly R3 million in payments from the state.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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