Cabinet denies influencing the multibillion Gautrain bid

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Cabinet has rejected accusations that it had influenced the bid for the controversial R23billion Gautrain project and backed ministers who have interests in the winning bidder.

"Cabinet would like to make it categorically clear that its discussions and decision were of general scope and only pertained to the principle of the funding request from the Gauteng government.

"At no stage did cabinet discuss either the bid or any of the bidders.

"The adjudication of the tenders was dealt with by the Gauteng provincial government and cabinet could not have influenced that decision in any way whatsoever," said government spokesman Themba Maseko.

Maseko's comments come in the wake of reports in the Sunday Times that a number of leading ANC leaders and ministers are involved with the winning bidder, Bombela Consortium. Sunday Times that a number of leading ANC leaders and ministers are involved with the winning bidder, Bombela Consortium.

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