The fight between embattled Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and board chairman Popo Molefe is escalating, with Gama threatening to declare a dispute if he is suspended. Gama, chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyane and supply-chain manager Lindiwe Mdletshe were served by the Transnet board with notices of intention to suspend them on August 16. The trio were asked to provide reasons why they should not be suspended after investigations found that Gama, former CEO Brian Molefe and Gupta associates may have contravened the Public Finance Management Act, and were implicated in unlawful conduct in procuring 1,064 locomotives. City Press reported on Sunday that Gama had earlier written to public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan to end the "current very public but unnecessary debacle at Transnet that [was] spearheaded by the infantile actions of the chairman of the board". He said as "shareholder representative", the minister should deal with what he called "the destabilisation that is ...

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