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Gumede’s lawyers claim payments were for charity

Lawyers for businessman Robert Gumede on Friday said a payment made by his then wife to the wife of a...

Businessman Robert Gumede. Picture: The Star.

Lawyers for businessman Robert Gumede on Friday said a payment made by his then wife to the wife of a Telkom procurement executive was for charity.

The Mail&Guardian newspaper claimed Gumede paid R100,000 to an account linked to Thapelo Petje in 2004.

It said a year later Petje encouraged an extension of Gumede’s contract with Telkom.

Earlier this week, Gumede complained to the Press Ombudsman before Friday’s piece was published.

His attorney Niqui Galaktiou said an independent inquiry has already found the payment was not suspicious.

“There was no basis to pursue any charges against Mr Gumede. This was a rehash of old news,” she said.