In what is seen as the start of efforts to reverse state-capture at Transnet, the company’s group chief financial officer, Garry Pita, resigned with immediate effect on Thursday, citing “deteriorating” health. In his resignation letter, seen by Business Day, Pita also mentioned a call for “new leadership” at the state-owned company by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at a board meeting on Tuesday as a reason for his departure. Transnet spokesman Molatwane Likethe confirmed Pita’s resignation, saying that Mark Gregg-McDonald would take over as interim chief financial officer. Pita read text messages sent to him on Thursday afternoon, but did not respond to requests for comment. Pita was implicated as allegedly involved in state capture by the Gupta family and their associates. He was appointed acting group chief financial officer in August 2015 and confirmed to the position in February 2016. He had previously held the position of group chief supply chain officer and worked ...

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