NPA reconsidering its decision not to prosecute Gama

The investigation dates back to 2010 when Siyabonga Gama was dismissed from Transnet, and later reinstated.

FILE: THE NPA is reconsidering its decision not to prosecute Gama for his role in awarding a questionable R95 million security tender. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In less than three days, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has apparently done a series of about turns in a controversial case involving Transnet Acting CEO Siyabonga Gama.

The City Press says NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed to the newspaper that the prosecuting authority was reconsidering its decision not to prosecute Gama for his role in awarding a questionable R95 million security tender.

But yesterday, in a last minute attempt to gag the paper, Transet bosses approached the courts to obtain an urgent interdict to stop the publication of today's article, but failed.

The investigation dates back to 2010 when Gama was dismissed from Transnet, but he was reinstated a year later.

Now, as he is set to finally take up a permanent position as CEO, the case has creeped back and threatens to set him off course.

The NPA initially declined to prosecute the case last year saying there were no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution because the main suspect in the case, a former Transnet employee, had died.

The tender at the centre of the investigation was awarded to a company once owned by former communications minister and chief of the South African National Defence Force Siphiwe Nyanda.

City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee says they published because it's in the public's interest.

"We were very happy at court because there was no interdict granted. Therefore the gaga attempt failed and we've been able to publish the story, which I believe to be one that is very much in the public's interest."

The public protector's office has launched its own investigation into unlawful conduct at Transnet.