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25 June 2017 15:44 (South Africa)

Case against Gama back on track

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Transnet has received court clearance to continue with its disciplinary hearing against its Freight Rail chief executive Siyabonga Gama, allegedly the ANC deployment committee’s chosen candidate to head up the organisation. Gama's suspension followed allegations of procurement irregularities, including an award of a R19 million contract to a security firm linked to communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda . Gama theoretically had authority to sign off on contracts worth less than R10 million without board approval. The resolution of the court case means one of two things: Transnet will proceed with its plans to hire a new CEO, which will exclude Gama, or the status quo will remain with the acting CEO Chris Wells staying on until Gama’s hearing is heard. Neither is a happy option.

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