A Durban businessman who has ties to the Zuma’s son Edward allegedly bought generators for R5 000 and then sold them for between R92 000 and R97 000 to the police in KwaZulu-Natal.
That was the testimony of Johannes van Loggerenberg, who at the time as a member of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal investigated R90 million tender fraud against businessman Thoshan Panday.
Van Loggerenberg’s testimony matched that of Johan Booysen, former Hawks chief in the province.
Van Loggerenberg testified how he compiled a complete case file, which included affidavits and forensic evidence, but that Ngobeni apparently interfered to such an extent that the investigation was halted and Panday has never been prosecuted to this day.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, chair of the state capture commission, asked Van Loggerenberg if anyone had ever asked Ngobeni why she had stopped the investigation.
Van Loggerenberg’s answer was that as far as he knew, no one had asked Ngobeni, but the reason was clear to everyone, it was because “she was implicated”.
He also testified that everyone knew that Panday had a business partnership with Edward Zuma. It was about politics, Van Loggerenberg answered the question of why he thought the case had been stopped.
Panday came into the picture with the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
According to Van Loggerenberg, he obtained tenders from KwaZulu-Natal police tenders to provide accommodation to police officers and generators.
Van Loggerenberg testified that two officers in the police tender department bypassed the tender procedures and even drove to Pretoria to get the tenders in the police head office carried through the system.
He testified that the evidence in the investigation was overwhelming. There were 20 large files full of evidence.