Former Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, is constant along with her testimony at the fee of inquiry into State Capture, sitting in Johannesburg. Yesterday, the former minister informed the fee that her determination to take away the board beneath former Prasa chair, Popo Molefe, was the proper one.
Prasa’s irregular expenditure sky-rocketed from R5.5 billion in 2015 to R24 billion in 2018. Peters stated she needed solutions from the board, which weren’t forthcoming.
She says the auditor General had numerous conferences along with her and flagged these expenditures. She ultimately lost affected person with the board. Peters stated she was additionally involved about instability of the board beneath Molefe’s management.
“The focus of the board not on the core responsibility of the company was of a concern to me and I raised it even in the meetings I had with them. There are notes and speeches I delivered in those meetings for the record and I want to indicate that ordinarily seating back, there is a saying in life generally that says you regret more the things you dint do than the things you did. I believe my patience with the board of Tata Molefe was over stretched,” she stated.
Below is day-two of Peters’ testimony:
Appointment of CEO Lucky Montana
On claims that she was conscious of corruption allegations towards former Prasa CEO, Lucky Montana, Peters admitted to figuring out about them, saying the difficulty was in the public area.
She says she even took former President Jacob Zuma by way of a few of the allegations of wrongdoing and litigation towards Montana.
Peters has informed the fee her division then appointed the Railway Safety Regulator to research. She has added that the allegations had been additional debated by the Transport Portfolio Committee in Parliament.
The former minister informed Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo she was not invited to the Transport Portfolio Committee to have interaction in the Montana debate as a result of she was an govt.
She, nevertheless, particulars how her division sprung into motion and investigated the corruption allegations towards Montana and even wrote a report.
Montana is alleged to have used hundreds of thousands of Prasa money to fund his luxurious life-style.
Peters’ testimony on Lucky Montana’s appointment: