Gumede's wife spills beans on Telkom payment

2010-11-05 08:04

Johannesburg - 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 on Friday.

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

The R100 000 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 NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] has on three separate occasions declined to prosecute... you still persist and rehash the allegations," Gumede said.