Hawks probe digital head’s appointment

2014-04-13 09:20
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Cape Town - The chief executive of the Universal Access Agency of SA (USAASA), which is tasked with rolling out the country’s digital broadcasting migration project, reportedly landed his top job despite being the focus of a Hawks investigation.

According to the Sunday Independent, it has emerged that Zami Nkosi, who heads up the R2bn project, was previously chief executive of Pikitup, Johannesburg’s waste management services.

While at the helm of Pikitup, Nkosi awarded 11 tenders – worth R300m. However, just two months after a forensic investigation by Ernst & Young was ordered into the transactions in 2011, Nkosi resigned.

Now, he is once again under the spotlight after President Jacob Zuma ordered a special investigative unit investigation into his appointment as head of the Department of Communications’ digital migration agency.

This latest move comes on the heels of a recent SIU raid on the Pretoria offices of the Department of Communications as part of its probe into a publicity tender worth R756m.

Media Corner was apparently contracted to run a publicity awareness campaign around the department’s digital broadcasting migration plan. The company had been paid a R900 000 retainer every month between October 2012 and November last year but no work has been done.

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