Transnet staffers involved in alleged corruption worth billions

City Press on the weekend published a forensic report revealing the alleged involvement of several junior staff and senior executives in corruption at state-owned enterprise Transnet to the tune of billions of rands.

Read: Transnet gets Chinese rail supplier to pay back R618 million in looted funds

702's Bongani Bingwa speaks to amaBhungane senior investigative journalist Susan Comrie about the allegations.

If you go back, amaBhungane started covering these stories back in 2014, and it is one of the meticulous parts of investigative journalism where you are just scratching at the surface, but it is not apparent until you see the big picture.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

While the focus has largely been on Eskom corruption, she believes that staff members at Transnet received the most significant kickbacks.

It is where you have these multi-national companies all implicated in similar corrupt behaviour.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

We are starting to see Transnet grabbing hold of this problem and dealing with this forensic report. It is fascinating at the level to which they are digging down.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

Junior employees who were simply living beyond their means, buying a ridiculous number of cars, I think that is the kind of forensic investigations that we are going to see.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

What happens is that often corruption starts at the top but filters down and there is a culture of impunity that develops very quickly throughout an organisation.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

Revelations in the City Press report could bring new information to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture once Transnet becomes the focus, she adds.

They are talking about over R6 billion paid on contracts that went to China South and China North rail.

Susan Comrie, Senior investigative journalist - amaBhungane

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