Reports have it that those involved in Transnet’s R10 million scandal have started paying for their sins.
As learnt, a senior Transnet executive has been suspended over the scandal which involved a R10 million tender Transnet awarded to the senior executive’s former boss.
The senior Transnet executive, Sandile Simelane heading Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) corporate affairs department has been placed on a special leave until investigations into the R10 million tender are finalized.
Already Transnet has confirmed Simelane’s suspension. The spokesperson of TFR Mike Asefovitz said:
“Transnet has instituted an investigation relating to a contract that was awarded for the provision of stakeholder management services for the Swazi Rail project.
“Mr Sandile Simelane has been put on special leave to allow for the process to take its course.”
It was earlier this month that Transnet’s R10 million scandal emerged. It was revealed that TFR awarded a R10m tender to Casterbridge Consulting – a company owned by Simelane’s previous boss at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Casterbridge Consulting, was paid R400 000 per month over a period of two years for stakeholder management services in Transnet’s Swaziland Rail Link project.
Reporting this, News24 related that Casterbridge Consulting has no business premises or website. The company communicated with Transnet via a Gmail account.
Also, it was uncovered that neither Transnet nor Casterbridge Consulting’s owner – Sandile Madolo – could provide any for proof of the work Casterbridge Consulting did for TFR.
While insiders from Transnet offered that Simelane helped his former boss’ company to get the R10 million tender, they alleged that Casterbridge Consulting was paid R400 000 each month, with or without doing any work.