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Claudia Manning: 'I don’t believe Dan Matjila had hold on PIC board'

Claudia Manning quit in 2018 after she disagreed with the newly-appointed chairperson on how the board handled a corruption investigation into Matjila.

A screengrab of former Public Investment Corporation board member Claudia Manning testifying at the PIC inquiry in Pretoria on 29 January. Picture: YouTube.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Investment Corporation (PIC) board member Claudia Manning says she doesn’t believe that the then CEO Dan Matjila had a hold over the board.

Manning quit in 2018 after she disagreed with the newly-appointed chairperson on how the board handled a corruption investigation into Matjila.

The PIC inquiry is investigating allegations of impropriety and dubious investments.

Manning says she resigned over fierce divisions within the board and the level of distrust displayed by chairperson Mondli Gungubele.

The board accepted an explanation from Matjila about corruption allegations against him while Gungubele questioned why the board relied solely on his version.

But Manning insists that Matjila did not unduly influence the board: “Certainly, I can speak for myself and say under no circumstances did I feel like the CEO was controlling me or any member of the board.”

ANOTHER WHISTLE-BLOWER EMERGES

As Manning testified on Tuesday, it emerged that another anonymous whistle-blower e-mailed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and staff at the PIC making startling allegations of corruption against a PIC board member.

A report by Business Day states that a “James Noko” spelled slightly differently to James Nogu – who’s been mentioned frequently at the commission of inquiry - has come forward with fresh allegations against board member Sibusisiwe Zulu.

The Business Day is reporting that another email believed to be from the same so-called whistleblower at the PIC has accused Zulu of indirectly benefitting from PIC transactions and being part of a conspiracy to capture the corporation.

Zulu has also been an active opponent of Matjila which was made evident on Tuesday when Manning testified that Zulu didn’t agree with the board’s decision to accept Matjila’s explanation about the corruption allegations against him.

Zulu and Gungubele appear to be on the same side believing that the board didn’t do enough to interrogate Matjila.

The commission of inquiry will continue on Wednesday, however, the witness has not yet been named.

WATCH: PIC Inquiry hears from former board member Claudia Manning

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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