Former president Jacob Zuma left Transnet, one the country’s most strategic state-owned enterprises, vulnerable by insisting that Siyabonga Gama be appointed as group CEO. This is according to former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan’s testimony at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture. She served as public enterprises minister from May 2009 to October 2010, when Zuma fired her. Transnet, which has been mired in allegations of state capture, is the biggest freight company in SA and has a monopoly or near-monopoly over ports, freight rail and fuel pipelines. The Gupta family, Zuma and his son Duduzane are at the centre of state capture allegations, with the families standing accused of using their political influence to benefit commercially from large public procurement contracts. Hogan told the commission that Zuma had insisted that Gama be appointed as CEO back in 2009, despite the board at the time recommending the appointment of Sipho Maseko, Telkom’s group C...

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