Whistle-blower ‘vulnerable’, believes life is under threat

2013-08-13 13:54

Former Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo is forced to perform repeated “K53s” on his vehicle because he believes his life is under threat, and his bodyguards have been withdrawn.

Letsoalo has confirmed to City Press that he is being followed by unknown people and that his cellphone has been bugged.

This after he opened a case of fraud and corruption against senior officials at the department of transport and Tasima, which has been appointed to implement and maintain the multibillion-rand eNatis system.

Letsoalo also wanted to terminate the contract after branding it irregular.

“I can confirm that I opened a case of fraud and corruption against Tasima and certain individuals, some of which are my colleagues in the department. I can also confirm that my life is threatened as I’m being followed, and that my phone is bugged,” he said.

Letsoalo said that he is now more vulnerable as his bodyguards, who were paid for by the RTMC, have been withdrawn.

“It is even worse now that those bodyguards which were paid for by the corporation have been taken away from me, so I’m vulnerable,” he said.

Letsoalo was moved from the post of acting RTMC CEO to his previous position as chief financial officer in the transport department this past week.

Department of transport spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said Letsoalo had been seconded to the RTMC and the plan always was that he would return.

Letsoalo, who has been questioning the validity of the lucrative contract with Tasima since its extension in 2007, did not want to speculate on the reason for his removal as acting RTMC head.

But sources said Letsoalo was removed so that Tasima would be paid without questions being asked as the contract moved to the RTMC a few days after his removal.

Letsoalo has been questioning the validity of the contract with Tasima since its extension in 2007 and the department’s failure to re-advertise it.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramoloko confirmed that after about five months the case was still at a sensitive stage.

Tasima is yet to respond to City Press’ request for comment.

- City Press

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