TIMES LIVE: Former Prasa board chair Popo Molefe on Thursday told the Zondo commission how politically connected businessman Roy Moodley tried to “capture” him several times.
He said it all started in 2015 when Molefe met Moodley for the first time — a meeting on foreign soil. This was in Berlin, Germany, at a rail exhibition attended by global industry players.
Molefe was invited to the event by Prasa CEO Lucky Montana. Moodley stayed at the same hotel as Molefe, on the same floor.
When Molefe made his way to the exhibition venue, there were three men standing at the entrance — one of them was Moodley. Molefe said he was stunned how Moodley knew which entrance he was going to use since the venue had several entry points.
“Clearly somebody had told Mr Moodley which entrance I was going to be using because clearly he was waiting for me.
“They [Moodley and the two men] presented themselves as if they were hosting me.”
They then invited Molefe to their stand but he claimed to have refused.
It was at this event that Molefe learnt that Moodley was very close to Prasa management, he said.
Back in SA, Molefe asked about Moodley.
He recalled conversations he had with two Prasa employees.
“One of them said this is ‘Mr Prasa’. This gentleman called Mr Moodley owns Prasa. Another one said Prasa is his farm. You know a farm, when it is harvesting time you come to harvest,” said Molefe.
“At a later stage I did say to Mr Moodley, ‘I see you to be very close to management and it is not good for you, keep the distance.’”
Moodley was relentless in trying to capture Molefe, he claimed before the commission.
He invited him to his golf event in Durban as well as the Durban July — but Molefe said he did not go.
Furthermore, when Molefe was not invited to the state of the nation address in 2016, Moodley said he would organise him an invite. Molefe refused the offer, he said.
The attempted capture did not stop here, Molefe claimed.
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