Siyabonga Mahlangu has been grilled at the state capture inquiry on the alleged pressure he put on senior Transnet officials, to reinstate fired former Transnet executive, Siyabonga Gama. Courtesy of #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - It was a chorus of 'I don't recall' from the former special advisor to Malusi Gigaba at the state capture inquiry on Friday.
Siyabonga Mahlangu was grilled on the alleged pressure he put on senior Transnet officials, to reinstate fired former Transnet executive, Siyabonga Gama, in February 2011.
Mahlangu was Gigaba's special advisor at the time Gigaba was Public Enterprises Minister.
Previous witnesses have implicated Mahlangu in carrying out the directives of "Number One".
Transnet's former head of legal, Siyabulela Mapoma testified Mahlangu called him saying "Number One" wanted Gama back and quickly.
"I have never said to Mapoma as he alleges, that Number One wanted to get it done quickly", Mahlangu said.
Email evidence obtained from Mahlangu's private address paint a different picture.
Evidence leader, advocate Anton Myburgh asked, "your evidence now, before the Commission, is yes here are the two emails, but I have no independent recollection of writing those emails, of sending those emails, or of the content of the emails.
Mahlangu responded, "that is correct."
Mahlangu is yet to testify about his Gupta connections and a trip he undertook to India along with Duduzane Zuma and Ace Magashule's son Tshepiso.
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