Hawks probing police IT division

2012-05-09 22:17

Cape Town - The Hawks are investigating allegations of corruption within the SA Police Service information communication technology (ICT) division, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on his budget vote, Mthethwa said he had, in the past two years, emphasised the need to look at policing more smartly and the need to get value for money from the amount spent on technology.

Currently, the department had a budget of approximately R2.6bn for technology, as allocated under the Technology Services Management (TMS) division.

"However, allegations of tender mismanagement, irregular expenditure, and lack of return on investment have been brought to my attention," he said.

"Therefore we will now be adopting a two pronged-strategy to deal with this problem."

Firstly, he had instructed that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations of corruption in the TMS environment.

"Secondly, I have instructed that I expect by the end of May 2012 to receive a plan from TMS regarding a turn-around strategy, with clear plans on what they will spend on over the next five years and how."

All major projects had to be planned for, and had to speak to operational priorities, which had to be accompanied by transparent procurement processes, he said.

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