- Former SAA board member Yakhe Kwinana was left red-faced after being unable to answer questions on key terminology relating to tenders
- She was unable to give a definition of supplier development, a commitment which Air France was allegedly unable to make
- The commission also wanted to know what Kwinana was in communication with the rival bidders during the process
Former SAA board member Yakhe Kwinana was put on the spot by the Zondo commission into state capture on Saturday when she was unable to provide a definition for key terminology which resulted in the recommended supplies, Air France, not getting a tender.
The tender was awarded instead to JM Aviation to supply aircraft components and it was revealed that Kwinana was in communication with JM Aviation during the tender process.
When asked why Air France was not awarded the tender, it was revealed that it had not made a commitment to supplier development.
When asked what supplier development was, Kwinana was unable to answer and asked if she would be allowed to google it.
In addition to the supplier commitment clause, Air France was also deemed not to in compliance with BEE, Kwinana chose to ignore this and pursue the supplier development reason with the commission according to News24.
The chief investigator Kate Hofmeyer asked why she was in communication with another bidder and why the competition, JM Aviation (the local partner of AAR Corporation) were allowed to submit their commitments to supplier development after the tender process.
Hofmeyer found this unfair to which Kwinana admitted that she did not know if Air France had or had not committed to supplier development.
The inquiry is set to continue.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has made it clear that he would decide if and when Dudu Myeni could invoke her privilege to remain silent.
The chairperson of the State Capture Inquiry explained that the commission was affording the former SAA board chair the chance to respond to allegations made against her.
Zondo explained that, on her last day of testimony, Myeni needed reasonable grounds to refuse to answer questions.
In other news, ever since Dudu Myenbi spilt the tea and exposed the identity of Mr X, the story has been trending on social media.
South Africans flooded social media with their reactions to learning the identity of Mr X and the face that Myeni revealed his identity despite a court order prohibiting it.
Former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni exposed a witness in protection on Thursday.
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