Embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan now has another milestone tied to his neck after former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head Jimmy Manyi asked the Public Protector’s office to probe allegations of corruption involving the National Treasury.
As contained in the case opened at the public protector office, Manyi requested Madonsela to probe former finance ministers Nhlanhla Nene and Trevor Manuel and verify the roles both played when Eskom procured Medupi and Kusile power stations.
According to the complainant, procurement of the aforementioned power stations should have cost R100 billion but reports showed that it actually cost R200 billion under the nose of the finance ministers.
“This means the two power stations, estimated to produce a combined 96GW, should have cost the country about R100 billion if an exchange rate is conservatively rounded off to 1:10. Yet the tenders issued were in excess of R200 billion.
If my calculations are correct, this means on day one the costs were already about R100 billion above the benchmark.”
In addition, outspoken Manyi related that the case was opened on behalf of the Decolonization Foundation and would seek Madonsela to probe the National Treasury for failing to carry out its mandate as stipulated in the constitution.
Meanwhile, Oupa Segalwe, a top official at the public protector’s office, confirmed that Jimmy Manyi tabled a complaint and would soon ascertain the merit and validity of the claims. He disclosed that it takes up to five working days to establish such process.
Finance minister Gordhan is currently fighting an uphill battle after the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (Hawks) asked him, together with Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg to report to the unit in relation to an alleged establishment of a “rogue unit” at the SARS.