A Pretoria based music promoter was awarded a R2.4-billion fuel tender for SA Express, for a period of 3 years at R64 million a month, despite the airline having a contract with SAA for fuel supply.
According to the The Sunday Times, two SA Express executives, Sam Vilakazi and Merriam Mochoele, allegedly engineered the deal with EML Energy, owned by Pretoria music promoter Eldridge Motlhake, without any tender process or the knowledge of the airline’s board and management.
The paper also reports that SA Express did not receive one drop of fuel for the R2.4-billion deal.
When approached for comment, Motlhake said he could not comment due to contractual obligations.
The paper also visited the registered business address of EML Energy, which happens to be a nondescript house with palisade fencing in the Pretoria suburb of Akasia.
[Source: The Sunday Times]