Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:13

Staff Reporter.

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will hear Transnet-related evidence from the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Anoj Singh.

Singh has again dismissed allegations that the trips he made to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were paid for by the Gupta family.

Singh, who is implicated in dodgy dealings with the Guptas, testified at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture on Thursday, where he was questioned about his frequent trips to Dubai.

The former Transnet official said he visited the Guptas on occasions for religious and cultural functions. However, he denied he knew them personally.

When asked by evidence leader Anton Myburgh on why he used the same travel agent as Gupta-owned company Sahara Computers and family associate Salim Essa, Singh claimed it was a coincidence.

Singh disputed claims that his flights to the Middle Eastern city were paid for by Essa.

"I was of the view that I was booking on my own, which I then paid for on my own. I had no recollection or association with the fact that the accounting administration of Travel Excellence was in fact allocating my tickets to Mr Essa’s account," he said.

Singh admitted the travel agency arranged multiple other trips, which he said were for vacations and private business, and that he paid by way of cash or electronic transfers.

Live proceedings below:

Video Courtesy of SABC.