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SaftuEWN reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR), a Chinese rail company, has requested the government to give it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, to continue to supply new locomotives to Transnet.  

Allegations have been reported that the Chinese company paid bribes (described as “fees”) of over R5-billion to Gupta-linked companies after it clinched contracts from Transnet worth R25-billion.  Saftu said if these allegations were found to be true, hundreds of local jobs could be in jeopardy.  The trade union federation has demanded that there should be no exemptions for CSR and that railway rolling stock and all its components should be awarded to South African companies employing local workers.  Saftu has also demanded that the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority must investigate the allegations of a R5.3 billion bribe.

  • Read this report by Ayanda Nyathi at EWN
  • See too, R5bn rip-off: Vavi slams CSR's exemption bid, at News24
  • Read Saftu’s press statement at Saftu online


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