Gumede’s ex paid Telkom executive R100k – report

2010-11-05 07:37

Businessman Robert Gumede’s ex-wife made a payment of R100?000 to a senior Telkom executive, 10 months before Telkom extended his company’s multi-million IT tender, the Mail & Guardian reported today.

“I saw it as my ex-husband helping out a friend,” said Zongi Gumede.

The payment was made in October 2004, two years after Gumede’s Afrika Smart Technologies was awarded a tender by Telkom to manufacture smart cards, and 10 months before the tender was extended by Telkom in August 2005.

The money was paid into the bank account of a company owned by Nomzamo Petje, the wife of then Telkom executive, Thapelo Petje, a procurement specialist.

Gumede, who earlier this week accused a Mail & Guardian journalist of corruption, told the weekly paper he found its questions about the payment “bizarre“.

“I find it bizarre that after the police have investigated and the National Prosecuting Authority has on three separate occasions declined to prosecute... you still persist and rehash the allegations,” Gumede said.

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