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Transnet execs deliberately dodged Parly hearing, say MPs

After sending a 60 page presentation to the committee the night before, and even spotted on the plane to the Cape Town on Tuesday evening, executives provided no reason for not turning up.

FILE: Parliament in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) say they believe that Transnet executives deliberately dodged Parliament on Wednesday, where they were due to discuss irregular expenditure of more than R500 million, and millions more in questionable deviations and expansions on contracts.

After sending a 60 page presentation to the committee the night before, and even spotted on the plane to the Cape Town on Tuesday evening, executives provided no reason for not turning up.

Board chairperson Linda Mabaso, however, wrote to the committee twice at the eleventh hour, saying that she needed more time to prepare.

The IFP's Mkhuleko Hlengwa believes there's more to the no-show.

"This not pitching today was actively engineered somewhere. If she was relentless in her pursuit to say postpone, postpone, they're building up a case."

Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says that Transnet will be subpoenaed to appear before the committee as soon as Parliament resumes in the new year.

"But also to find out how many people from Transnet actually came down to Cape Town for this hearing and who ended up not coming because that's fruitless and wasteful expenditure."