The ANC purportedly sent one of its staff members to induce a ranking director at a state-owned airline to drop a sensitive investigation – and offered him a R3million pay off.
The probe into state capture on Wednesday heard the stunning disclosures of how in August 2016 SA Express divisional manager for security the board Timothy Ngwenya was drawn nearer by a “Sipho”, who claimed to have a command from Luthuli House.
”I need to talk to you, I’ve got a mandate from Luthuli House,” Ngwenya remembered the man saying over the phone.
At the time, Ngwenya was examining R31m that had been paid by SA Express to an organization known as Koreneka, which was affirmed by the airline’s previous CEO, Anati Ntshanga.
Ngwenya said the ANC’s Sipho revealed to him that the cash that had moved out of the North West was intended to back the gathering’s political exercises and battles.
At the time, Ngwenya was investigating R31m that had been paid by SA Express to a company known as Koreneka, which was approved by the airline’s former chief executive, Anati Ntshanga.
Ngwenya said the ANC’s Sipho told him that the money that had moved out of the North West was meant to finance the party’s political activities and campaigns.
“I’m not a government official, I can’t be discussing Luthuli House commands,” Ngwenya demanded to Sipho.
Ngwenya was guaranteed R3m to drop the examination.
He likewise uncovered the names of more ANC leaders who got undue installments from a North West organization.
Ngwenya said previous open ventures serve Lynne Brown, at that point transport serve Dipuo Peters and previous North West head Supra Mahumapelo were recognized by informant and agent Babadi Tlatsana as a portion of the recipients of two installments totalling R51m.
Subsides surrendered as ANC MP in 2017 however returned after a month ago’s decisions, while Brown ventured down as the administering gathering’s MP in March a year ago after she was expelled as open undertakings serve by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Other than ensnaring Brown and Peters, Tlatsana likewise fingered national and common government authorities, a head of office, a MEC and a ‘Mr Wolmarans’, who Ngwenya portrayed as Mahumapelo’s correct hand man.
As indicated by Ngwenya, Tlatsana’s organization, Koreneka, got R31m from SA Express and another R20m from the North West government in 2016.
He said Tlatsana ensnared previous SA Express board director George Mutema and Ntshanga and its previous general chief: business, Brian van Wyk.
Ngwenya told the commission that Mutema and Ntshanga started the arrangement, and that they were conscious of whatever was occurring.
He said Van Wyk was taking a shot at their guidelines.
“Tlatsana couldn’t generally represent the R31m,” Ngwenya stated, including that she was not straightforwardly engaged with the payment of the millions.
Ngwenya later met Ntshanga and SA Express broad supervisor: legitimate, hazard and consistence, Merriam Mochoele, and they all tuned in to the two accounts that Tlatsana had made.
He said he thought that it was weird that Ntshanga instructed him to investigate the issue verbally, however not recorded as a hard copy.
Ngwenya recommended that Ntshanga report the issue to the experts as far as the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.
During his inward examination, Ngwenya built up that the agreement for Koreneka was drafted by previous SA Express legitimate counselor Nasiphi Mkentane, with no organization name and figures, and sent to Van Wyk.
The installment of R31m to Koreneka was affirmed by credit division administrator Busisiwe Mavuso, as indicated by Ngwenya.
He likewise found that previous SA Express CFO Mark Shelley trained junior staff to stack Koreneka’s subtleties into the carrier’s SAP framework for merchants.
“The next day R8.5m was moved from SA Express to Koreneka,” Ngwenya said.
Once Ngwenya finished up his examination, SA Express wanted to suspend Van Wyk, with just him, Ntshanga, previous senior representative relations expert Nomfusi Gcakini and general chief for human capital Kgatile Nkala monitoring the move.