Best of City Press: Calls to charge Molefe and Gupta generals, Mahumapelo Jr’s R1m bursary, and even more Gupta collusion

In case you missed it, these are some of the best-read stories from City Press on Sunday, 17 June.

Transnet must 'lay criminal charges against Molefe', other Gupta generals - damning report

A damning draft report recommends that Transnet lay corruption charges against four key players in state capture: its former group chief executive Brian Molefe, former chief financial officer Anoj Singh, board subcommittee chairperson Iqbal Sharma and Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa.

All four men had close ties to the Guptas and have been accused of enabling the family’s access to business in parastatals and government entities.

The report also recommends that Transnet pursue Molefe to repay money that the company lost because he allegedly misled the board about why the cost of the tender to build 1 064 locomotives rocketed from R38.6bn to R54bn.


Denel chief falls over bursary for Supra's son

Denel's new board has confirmed that the parastatal’s bosses acted irregularly when they awarded a bursary to former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo’s son so he could become a pilot.

Denel chairperson Monhla Hlahla told City Press’ sister publication Rapport that irregularities surrounding the R1m bursary to Mahumapelo Jr, as well as the decision to award a tender for a security contract to Mahumapelo’s brother Tau, were on the list of transactions the board was acting on.

On Friday, Hlahla called in Denel’s chief financial officer, Odwa Mhlwana, and gave him a choice: either be suspended or go on leave pending the finalisation of disciplinary charges against him.


SABS 'thrown under Gupta bus'

The trade and industry department has accused its own body – the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) – of colluding to help Gupta-owned Tegeta coal mine maintain a supply contract with Eskom.

Lionel October, director-general of the department, presented papers to the portfolio committee on trade and industry this week that reveal a curious flip-flop.

Contained in his presentation – which DA shadow minister of trade and industry Dean McPherson used to call for the dismissal of the SABS board and the sacking of its CEO – was a letter, dated February 16, to the portfolio committee on public enterprises.


Mondli Makhanya: Guarding our freedoms

In the 1990s, as free societies were taking root in post-communist eastern Europe, Poland was a poster child for democratic change.

Democracy was flowering; a human rights culture was developing; free speech was flourishing and liberty was becoming the norm. While some of her post-totalitarian neighbours struggled with adjusting to freedom, Poland climbed up the indices that measure progress.

The economy grew, leading to Poland becoming a high-income country – albeit with attendant inequality. Culture thrived as artists wrote and sang of landscapes and life, rather than oppression and protest.


Simnikiwe Xabanisa: Mtawarira’s beastly run of success

From the day he bawled like a newborn baby when singing the national anthem ahead of his Test debut against Wales in June 2008, the Zimbabwe-born Tendai Mtawarira has bled green and gold, to the point of being a permanent fixture in the Springbok team.

This culminated in his becoming the first Bok prop to earn 100 international caps, the sixth South African and the first black African to do so.

Here are five things that contributed to the man simply known in world rugby as Beeeaaast being, well, a beast.