South Africa: Asbestos Chronicles - Range Rover, Range Rover! Send Money On Over!

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The erstwhile Director-General of the Department of Human Settlements, Thabane Zulu, has defended a transaction of R600,000 paid to a Ballito car dealership. The deposit, he says, was 'above board' as Blackhead Consulting CEO Edwin Sodi owed Zulu money for alcohol purchased throughout the year. Blackhead and Diamond Hill formed a joint venture, which bagged a Free State asbestos project of more than R200-million. Five years on, the hazardous asbestos is still there.

Former Director-General of the Department of Human Settlements nationally, Thabane Zulu, reluctantly testified at the State Capture Inquiry on Thursday 6 August 2020. First, though, his lawyer pushed for a postponement.

Zulu sought leave to apply to cross-examine former MEC of Economic Development in the Free State, Mxolisi Dukwana. Advocate Shane Dayal SC claimed Dukwana was the inquiry's "star witness" regarding a Free State asbestos audit of more than R200-million. Dayal's client, Zulu, took issue with Dukwana tabling a spreadsheet reflecting initials and figures, including "TZ" beside a figure of R10-million.

"I am not a beneficiary of that spreadsheet," said Zulu, who argued he would not have been required to appear before Zondo if it weren't for Dukwana's evidence. "I did not get any money of R10-million...

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