'It didn't exist' - Popo Molefe on depot tender of over R2 billion at Prasa

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and his legal team have been working during the nationwide lockdown but have been unable to hear evidence.

Former Prasa chairperson Popo Molefe at the state capture commission on 29 June 2020. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - State capture chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has begun his first sitting in three months with a moment of silence to remember the victims of COVID-19.

The commission had to stop its hearings when the lockdown was imposed in March.

The inquiry is hearing evidence in connection with allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Back in the stand is former Prasa chair Popo Molefe who has returned for the sixth time.

He's recalled how former CEO Lucky Montana was exposed for lying about a R2 billion tender being properly awarded.

Molefe is touching on reports about the fallout between the board and Montana

He said eyebrows were raised when a chair of the board capital and finance committee wanted the board to approve a modernisation tender for the Braamfontein depot quickly.

Molefe said the board didn’t approve that tender: “The tender for that depot didn’t exist and he knew it didn’t exist and the tender process for that time involved well over R2 billion.”

_WATCH: Popo Molefe gives testimony

Martha Ngoye, who is the head of the legal department at the state-owned enterprise, is expected to follow.

Other witnesses to testify include an estate agent who sold property to a former Prasa employee and an attorney from a leading law firm.

Earlier this year, the commission approached the High Court asking for an extension in order to complete its work.

A final extension was granted back in February.

The deadline for the commission to complete its work in March next year.

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