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WATCH: 69 people implicated as state capture spotlight turns to SAA

Evidence leader advocate Kate Hofmeyer said the evidence to be presented goes straight to the heart of the commission’s terms of reference.

A screengrab shows SAA's national carrier's financial risk head Cynthia Stimpel at the state capture inquiry on 13 June 2019.

JOHANNESBURG - The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how 69 people have been implicated by the witnesses scheduled to be called over the next two weeks to testify about South African Airways (SAA).

The hearings have now turned to deal with corruption and irregularities within the aviation sector, with the first witness being the national carrier's former head of treasury Cynthia Stimpel.

Evidence leader advocate Kate Hofmeyer said the evidence to be presented goes straight to the heart of the commission’s terms of reference.

“Chair, the evidence seems to point to five themes on not only what happened in the last many years in this country, but what the enablers were for state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector. One of the things we have searched for is the key enablers of that conduct which has taken root and permeated our public institutions.”

'THREATENED WITH VIOLENCE'

The commission has heard about a former SAA employee fled the country fearing for his life.

The commission is now dealing with corruption and irregular deals at the national carrier, particularly under the leadership of former board chair Dudu Myeni.

Hofmeyer said SAA’s former head of procurement, who fled the country, would testify about a meeting with former minister Des Van Rooyen.

She said that he was threatened with violence if he did not comply with instructions.

“Chair, at that meeting on 2 December 2015, Mr Van Rooyen, on the account of this witness, demanded that two contracts be awarded to companies to whom he had connection. The day after that interaction, the director of procurement was suspended.”

WATCH LIVE: 69 people implicated as state capture spotlight turns to SAA

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