The Hawks are targeting yet another former finance of South Africa, this time Trevor Manuel – for allegedly not following due processes in approving a contract as far back as 2006.
Manuel allegedly approved a contract on modernisation at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), worth R100 million without following due processes. The contract now allegedly stands at R1 billion.
The R100 million contract was awarded to Barone, Budge & Dominick (BB&D), without going out to open tender.
The founder of the Decolonisation Foundation and former government spokesperson Mzwanele “Jimmy” Manyi has laid charges of “corruption and irregularities” against Manuel.
The matter has been referred to the Hawks for an inquiry and the public protector for assessment.
A memo dated November 2006, sent from Gordhan’s previous office at Sars to Manuel, showed that Moleketi allegedly noted that “this read was complex, would need more information to state a view, hence can only note”.
Moleketi drew a line through the “recommended” and “not recommended” options and instead chose the “noted” option. Manuel however, approved the memo.
The former finance head declined to comment on the allegations.
Manuel has been critical of president Jacob Zuma in recent weeks, accusing him of putting his own interests ahead of the country, and calling for him to step down.