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Zondo grapples with Siyabonga Gama’s reinstatement at Transnet despite dismissal

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Siyabonga Gama, the former head of Transnet.
Siyabonga Gama, the former head of Transnet.
Lindile Mbontsi, Daily Sun

Questions on what influenced Transnet to reinstate divisional chief executive Siyabonga Gama, after he was found guilty of three counts of misconduct in 2010, loomed large at the Zondo commission on Thursday, and a witness suggested that he might have had some bargaining power. 

Gama, the former head of Transnet Freight Rail, faced a disciplinary hearing which resolved that he should be dismissed, based on the outcome of a process that started in 2009.

Christopher Todd, a Bowman Gilfillan (now Bowmans) director who represented Transnet in the matter, testified that he found it highly unusual that the company opted to go against the disciplinary outcome and reinstate Gama.

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