Dube’s man breaks silence

2013-10-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL security boss Sibusiso Justin Ncube yesterday broke his silence regarding claims that his relationship with Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube had an influence on his companies’ receiving preferential tender treatment.

Ncube, who tied the knot with Dube last weekend, was responding an article published in the City Press, which reported that Enforce Security was being taken to court over a tender worth R50 million.

The paper said SA Crime Patrols Security and Training Centre was challenging the unfair awarding of the Dube Trade Port’s air cargo terminal security contract to Enforce.

Speaking to The Witness, Ncube, executive chairman of Enforce Security Services, said he did not understand why Dube’s name was being dragged into an article written about his business interests.

“Unless [the media is trying to suggest] I am not supposed to tender. I achieved a lot of things before this marriage. I have been in this business for the past 15 years,” said Ncube, who married the Cogta MEC and ANC provincial deputy secretary last weekend.

“I don’t know why the media is ruining my name the way it does. Is it because I am black?

“My company has white employees and they say nothing about them. Why do they pick on me?” he asked.

“The CEO is white. I’m not a sole owner of this company,” he said.

City Press reported that in a letter to Dube trade port chief executive Sibusiso Mkhize, lawyers for SA Crime Patrol chief exucutive Tony Moodley claimed that the tender’s terms of reference were “incorrect” as they required national key point certification when the terminal was not, in fact, a national key point.

Moodley claimed that when he challenged this, Mkhize then came up with a string of reasons — outside of those outlined in the tender documents — in a bid to make sure he was “unfairly” excluded.

Yesterday, Ncube said he only became aware of the court challenge when his CEO Clinton Phipps called him yesterday morning.

“I was phoned and told that there is this thing. I’m not one who gets tenders. We have a department that does that,” he said.

“I’m serving as board chairman of the group. I’m not the one who says do this tender and don’t do that one,” Ncube said.

He said Moodley’s company was within its rights to seek relief in court and his company would abide by the court’s ruling.

He said what angered him most was the dragging of the name of his newly-wed wife in the media.

“This thing is blown out of proportion. I have been in this business for 15 years — this was when Nomusa was an ambassador to the Czech Republic.”

The report had mentioned that he was engaged to Dube, who is ANC deputy provincial secretary and MEC for Co-operative governance and Traditional Affairs.

It was reported that Ncube had also come under fire for scoring top contracts from struggling municipalities in the province, over which Dube holds political responsibility and massive influence.

Last month the Times reported that Ncube had been awarded tenders valued at R73,3 million by the bankrupt Umkhanyakude District Municipality, sparking opposition claims that Dube used her influence to land her fiancé the contract.

However, Dube had denied any impropriety, arguing that Ncube secured the business independently of her at the time she was abroad as South Africa’s ambassador.

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