South Africa: Barbara Hogan - Despite Warnings, Gama Was Zuma's Choice for Transnet From the Word Go

Top: Zondo Commission of Inquiry readies proceedings. Bottom-left: Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor. Bottom-right: Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Former President Jacob Zuma was dead-set on Siyabonga Gama getting the job of Transnet Group CEO and ignored warnings from former Public Enterprises minister, Barbara Hogan about the albatross of an internal audit investigation into him.

So unperturbed was the then president, Jacob Zuma, that he went as far as telling Barbara Hogan not to finalise the CEO appointment until Gama's disciplinary case following allegations of misconduct was concluded.

Gama was eventually appointed and put in charge of the embattled state-owned logistics utility until his suspension last month over allegations of misconduct and maladministration involving a R54-billion locomotive acquisition deal in one of the biggest scandals of the State Capture saga.

Hogan's statement to the State Capture inquiry on Monday implicates a number of parties, including Zuma - none of whom had responded to indicate whether they intend to challenge her testimony.

She is broadly testifying to her tenure at Public Enterprises, the most significant scene of the State Capture crime as it affects Transnet, SAA, Denel and Eskom. She was fired by Zuma in 2010, weeks...

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