No ‘conflict of interest’ for police boss

2012-06-30 09:47

Newly appointed national police commissioner General Mangwashi Phiyega does not have a conflict of interest in relation to IT company XON, it has said.

“Phiyega had no role in the police service prior to her appointment, thus no conflict existed then, and no conflict exists now given the fact that she instructed Kapela to sell her share,” XON chief executive Carel Coetzee said today.

Phiyega was the director and shareholder in Kapela Capital, which owns a 40% stake in XON, which held a contract to supply IT equipment to the police service.

“We have been a supplier to several government departments, including the police service, through State Information Technology Agency (Sita) contracts since 2003,” Coetzee said.

The company’s response came after a report on Friday that Phiyega’s link with the company had raised concerns.

ITWeb reported these concerns were over a potential conflict of interest, as the link was not disclosed to a Parliamentary committee.

On June 12, however, Phiyega resigned her positions at Kapela and asked the company to sell her shares.
Sita awarded the police contract to XON in accordance with government policy.

Coetzee said this information was freely available on the Sita website.

Phiyega was appointed South Africa’s first woman police commissioner earlier in June.

XON wished Phiyega “all the best” in her new role as national police commissioner.


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