Minister Brown orders Transnet to investigate irregularities over R54 billion contract

Minister Brown orders Transnet to investigate irregularities over R54 billion contract

Transnet would be expected to report any irregularities in the grating of a R54 billion contract in 2014, as instructed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

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Eyewitness News reported Transnet had been investigating corruption allegation in the obtaining of over 1000 diesel and electric locomotives four years ago.

The irregularities referred to was identified after an investigation by Werksmans Attorneys concluded there was inconsistencies in the procurement process of the contract.

Briefly.co.za learned Brown said in a statement on Tuesday that Transnet’s "could not abrogate its responsibility to restore public and investor confidence in the company".

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She added it was the board’s responsibility to manage the launch of an inquiry and disciplinary processes against the suspected culprits.

Her statements followed Transnet deciding the investigation was incomplete and matter concerning the procurement should be referred to the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture.

It also decided not to launch disciplinary proceedings against those allegedly involved the illegal conduct.

In 2017, AmaBhungane reported the controversial Gupta family and their allies influenced the awarding of the contract in return for R5.3 billion in kickbacks.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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