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Kubayi investigates R80m nuclear contract irregularity

BusinessDay, 10 August, 2017.

In a convoluted story of miscommunication and ignored warnings, senior officials in the energy ministry are being investigated.

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has launched an investigation into several senior officials in her department for alleged nuclear tender irregularities amounting to R80m.

Kubayi’s office has confirmed that it is probing the possible violation of Treasury regulations when awarding an R80m contract to a nuclear transactional adviser‚ Mahlaka-A-Phalala.

According to documents seen by Business Day‚ energy director-general Thabane Zulu‚ his deputy Zizamele Mbambo‚ procurement specialist Ndaba Ngwane and chief financial officer Yvonne Chetty signed a deviation request to sign off the deal.

Zulu has since been moved to head the Strategic Energy Fund, while Ndaba quietly left the department. Mbambo remained in his position despite awarding the contract.

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