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Gautrain operators deny bribery report

2012-06-02 14:13

Johannesburg - Gautrain's operators have strongly denied bribery claims made in a newspaper during the week, the Citizen reported on Saturday.

The Bombela consortium denied any knowledge of a Mail & Guardian report on Friday that a R250m commission was paid to a consultant employed by a Canadian company in partnership with Bombela.

Bombela was awarded the R26bn tender in 2005 to build and operate the Gauteng rapid-rail system, including the Gautrain.

Gautrain management agency CEO Jack van der Merwe dismissed the allegations.

“We are very serious about fighting corruption. Unfortunately, there is nothing of substance in the report that warrants an investigation,” he said.

He had earlier said a decision would be made moving forward based on additional information, according to the newspaper.

Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka declined to comment further and referred queries to the Canadian company instead.

The Democratic Alliance called for the matter to be probed and Van der Merwe be brought before the Gauteng legislature's transport committee.

Comments
  • Alan Crozier - 2012-06-02 14:25

    I don't see a denial by bombela here. Simply a passing of the question to bombardier who made no comment.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-02 14:26

    Where there is smoke, there is fire. In SA it usually an inferno !

  • Lara - 2012-06-02 14:28

    Yawn. Next scandal, please.

  • Karel - 2012-06-02 14:35

    Another scandal on the verge of being exposed.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-02 14:35

    Gau-gravy train. Who would've thought.

  • Incentia Mohlala - 2012-06-02 14:43

    truth will set you free.

      fhatun1 - 2012-06-03 14:27

      This Kebongele Machaka reffer any question to who becouse last time when Gautrain fire 318 bus drive she comment and she run to the Media and say we fire them this people are corrupt

  • rbphiri - 2012-06-02 14:48

    Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka declined to comment further and referred queries to the Canadian company instead; look if the allegations are farfetched than why refer them to the Canadian company in question, the referral simply means that there is truth to the allegations.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-02 14:56

    well the good news, that soon JZ will ban this type of reporting, and ensconce himself and his corrupt cronies in power until the masses realise their beloved ANC no longer have any scruples or decency associated with the elders of the movement and there will be a revolution of sorts, until then, sit back on on your hands and watch as the NPC puts age restrictions on paintings!

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-02 15:52

    It was only a matter of time, a project with that amount of money and no bribes, not in South Africa

      Treasure - 2012-06-03 08:58

      hahhahaha!!!! actuallly i was asking myself that question...R 26 Billion and not even a bribe of a penny? impossible.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-02 17:51

    Send the guilty ones to jail.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-02 19:54

    The more Bribery and corruption.....the more our every day living cost rise...these criminals are doing US...(THE PEOPLE) no favours,for every R1 they squander, it takes R10 out of our tax money.....

  • Msika - 2012-06-03 08:54

    So even the Van der merwe's do commit corruption? I thought it was only the Sheiks, Zumas,Celes, Chweles.

      Fanie - 2012-06-04 07:57

      Nobody ever said they did not - but people in the listing group you pointed out always seem to be caught with their hand in the cookie jar

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