Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the ANC’s leaders who knew about the large-scale corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) in 2015, says Popo Molefe, former council chairman.
Molefe testified before the Zondo Commission on Friday. Molefe said that he met with ANC’s top 5 leaders in 2015. Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, then Deputy President, Gwede Mantashe, then ANC Secretary General Jessie Duarte, then Deputy Secretary General and Zweli Mkhize were all present.
“They knew very well of the corruption at PRASA, and they didn’t do anything,” Molefe testified.
“No one in my party was willing to make their voice loud and say, what you guys are doing is wrong. In the ruling party, there are many people who believe PRASA is their farm to come to harvest, ”said Molefe.
Molefe also argued against those in the ANC who put the ANC’s interests above those of South Africa.
He also testified about an “ANC meeting” in August 2015 at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria, where Zuma, Jeff Radebe, former minister in the presidency, and Dipuo Peters, former minister of transport, were present. Montana then unexpectedly arrived there.
According to Molefe, the meeting was arranged to convince him to re-appoint Montana as CEO of Prasa.
“The president was present at the meeting to intimidate me,” says Molefe.
Montana allegedly played a role in hijacking Prasa and under him the companies Strawberry Worx, Prodigy and Siyengena, which had links with Durban businessman Roy Moodley, allegedly received corrupt contracts.
Moodley has apparently paid Zuma at least R1,5m over the years.
See the full testimony below: