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Gama's guilty verdict haunts Minister Nyanda

By Anna Majavu | Jun 08, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Siphiwe Nyanda is back in the spotlight after Transnet executive Siyabonga Gama was found guilty of giving his company a R19million tender without a tender process.

Last year Sowetan broke the news that Nyanda's company, General Nyanda Security Risk Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, had been paid R55million by Transnet over a 20-month period between December 2007 and July 2009 - three months after Nyanda was appointed minister.

Part of the payment - R19million - was for providing specialised security services for Transnet. Gama was suspended, then hauled before a DC for exceeding his powers by authorising the R19million contract. He was only authorised to sign off tenders worth R10million.

Before he was suspended, Gama was tipped to take over as Transnet group chief executive from Maria Ramos. And just after his suspension, Nyanda said Gama was being hounded like President Jacob Zuma.

Although Nyanda has resigned as director of GNS, he still owns a 50percent stake in the company.

Yesterday, the DA praised the guilty verdict against Gama. DA MP Manie van Dyk said: "The DA hopes that this ruling will encourage other parastatals to clean up their act and take decisive action against corruption and widespread mismanagement."

In a warning directed at the ANC, Van Dyk said: "Using patronage to make appointments to top posts in key state-owned enterprises will only lead to further collusion and corruption."


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