Popo Molefe: TNA knew of Brian Molefe's Transnet appointment before announcement

Popo Molefe has told the commission that before Brian Molefe was appointed CEO of Transnet in 2011, the Gupta-owned newspaper, _The New Age_ was privy to the information and published the story.

FILE: A screengrab of Transnet board chair Popo Molefe appearing at the Zondo Commission on 7 May 2019. Picture: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG – Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe has taken the stand at the state capture inquiry where the commission has now pivoted to the state-owned company.

The commission is set to hear evidence of how kickbacks were paid to Gupta-linked front companies to facilitate the awarding of tenders worth billions of rands from Transnet.

Molefe has told the commission that before Brian Molefe was appointed CEO of Transnet in 2011, the Gupta-owned newspaper, The New Age was privy to the information and published the story.

“The New Age, which was a publication owned by the Guptas, had already pronounced that Mr Molefe was going to be the CEO of Transnet.”

At least thirteen witnesses are scheduled to be called during phase one of the evidence, related to Transnet.

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Molefe says those who were committed to the state capture agenda would bring in and surround themselves with cronies to weaken the system.

He has told the commission that this started by capturing people who were in strategic positions.

“Those who are committed to the agenda advancing the capture, would bring in first their own cronies and then they seek to turn those who are there but they’re not their cronies.

“And when there’s resistance, they then remove them from the positions that they’re holding and make them redundant.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)