25 May 2024 | 11:15 AM

Listen: Stefaans Brümmer breaks down part 2 of an investigative series ‘Tender comrades’


Stefaans Brümmer explained amaBhungane’s latest investigation, which directly links a businessman who was awarded a huge City of Tshwane fuel tender to the EFF, to Radio 702’s Clement Manyatela.

Brümmer said: “In a nutshell there’s a contractor: his name is Hendrick Kganyago, his company is BBT and he has the tender to supply fuel to the City of Tshwane. Now this is a huge amount of fuel, its a very large tender. Cities run trucks, ambulances, cop cars etc.”

Hendrick Kganyago was the incumbent fuel supplier until mid-last year when that three-year tender came to an end.

“Immediately after the City — now under DA rule and kind of propped up by the EFF — puts out the contract to tender again and immediately after they do that, Hendrick Kganyago starts paying three companies linked to the EFF leaders, including Julius Malema.

Six months later, Kganyago’s company was re-awarded the tender, which was split between three companies.

“He gets at least a third of his big contract back and he keeps paying these three EFF-linked companies. By the time he got the tender it was about R10-million he had paid, and by the end of last month he had paid about R15-million.

“Basically it’s a system of looking after the party or at least after its leaders while it presumably bats for you in prospective tenders you have from the municipalities. But it is very directly linked to the fuel tender, the bank references … in two cases he even put ‘fuel payment’ next to bank payments,” Brümmer said.

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Before joining the amaBhungane team in 2017, Micah was the national coordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA Honours in History from Wits University.

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