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No conflict of interest for Phiyega: XON

2012-06-30 13:00

Johannesburg - Newly appointed national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega does not have a conflict of interests in relation to IT company XON, it said on Saturday.

"Riah Phiyega had no role in SAPS 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.

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 SAPS.

"We have been a supplier to several government departments, including SAPS, through State Information Technology Agency (Sita) contracts since 2003," Coetzee said in a statement.

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 12 June, however, Phiyega resigned her positions at Kapela and asked the company to sell her shares.

Sita, rather than the SAPS, 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.

Comments
  • smili.fication - 2012-06-30 13:22

    So Phiyega already had dirty hands when she was appointed? Go figure, that's the only reason she would be appointed by her ANC comrades. Those shares are still owned by her (and probably will be sold because the media probed it), this is more disgusting corruption by ANC condom comrades

      alf.pop - 2012-06-30 16:02

      Only people who are crooked will get a chance at a government position! That way there is less danger of anyone of them "spilling the beans" on the others! As the saying goes - the fish begins to stink from the head! And what a head it is - actually a double-header! Put the lot of them in a big bag, roll them down a hill and hit the bag with pickhandles. Whoever you hit is the right one!

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-06-30 13:37

    Surprise , surprise..............not.

  • arnold.niemand - 2012-06-30 13:46

    There is no fu$%ing stopping this scourge????????????????????????????

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-30 14:13

    You see? You don't need SAPS experience.

  • Themba - 2012-06-30 14:24

    The General took a proactive step to ensure that she's clean. Those who are accuse her of being dirty must first go and check with the Companies Intellectual Property Commission (formerly CIPRO) before making a fool of themselves and making unsubstantiated comments. Checking up on directors is information to which any member of the public has access. Just now you will be forcing her to also support media regulation as proposed by the ANC to prevent such rubbish from being spewed anonymously by people who do not care to establish facts first

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-30 16:05

      CIPRO itself is a mess of an organisation, you can't rely on them for correct information.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 19:21

      Okay, theorise and make up lies about the General then if that makes you feel better

  • george.pito - 2012-06-30 14:24

    Hwo can there be no conflict of interest. She? owns 40% shares in a company awarded a contract by SITA for the SAPS. Now she wants to sell her shares. The CIPRO is quite a disfunctional orginasation? ever tried to to submit any information there. Watch this space

      Themba - 2012-06-30 14:34

      Check your facts and provide verifiable proof. Right now you have merely stuck your thumb in your behind and sucked "facts." How about calling Astrid Ludin, the WHITE woman in charge of CIPC. She's very accessible and responds to emails with lightning speed. Google her and get in touch with her. Alternatively, why don't you ask XON's Coetsee to forward Riah's resignation letter? NOT EVERY BLACK person that you come across is corrupt. Get that in your thick skull

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 15:06

      By the way, giving me the thumbsdown does not substitute debate. So click to your racist hearts' content. That won't change the fact that you stick your thumbs in your behinds and suck information instead of using your brains and establishing facts. Go on ... Lol

      smili.fication - 2012-06-30 16:03

      Themba - Who brought race into this. She is not corrupt because she is black, she is corrupt because she belongs to ANC. You get your facts straight. There is no smoke without fire.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-30 16:08

      @themba.thwala I assume you mean "constitute" debate, as opposed to "substitute" debate. The rest of your racist diatribe hardly constitutes debate either, it's just a rant.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 16:09

      Smilification, racism is very deep-seated in SA's psyche, especially amongst the older generation. It is also very implicit here. So please shush boet and come back when you can back up your theories with fact neh.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-30 16:24

      I am not your brother fool. -How many times must I say that to trolls on this forum?- In any case Themba, I agree there is a lot of deep seated racism in SA (an example being your posts) but some of us try to overcome that and don't play the race card (which you have learnt from other ANC condom comrades. Simple fact is that: my theories are collective theories, instituted into my psyche -and others- due continued ANC corruption that is brought to light in the media. And why should she be put above other ANC condom comrades? Birds of a feather flock together. It's obvious that she is corrupt. Past determines present.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-30 16:41

      I LOLOLOL Themba- Yeah, you know me so well. Obviously I am racist because I am white. STFU, you are making a fool of yourself. I hope one day you realize your own stupidity. As for the brother comment- then dont refer to me with boet -dumb%*s.

      oom.kosie.9 - 2012-06-30 16:43

      @themba.twala Simple question, why did she not disclose these facts prior to her appointment to the Parliamentary Committee? You also jump to the defence of your so-called "brothers" without following reason and logic as you so demand from others. By the way, for a non-racist why do do you stereotipe and why belongs to the brotherhood of brothers? Am I automatically disqualified because I am white, and if so on what basis are white people less South Africans than blacks? Show your true colours .. brother!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 16:56

      Oom Kosie, I called smilification brother and he said I should not. So where do you get off accusing me of excluding whites from the brotherhood? Why did she not disclose her XON directorship? I don't know. I'm not a sangoma/clairvoyant. And where did I say white South Africans are less anything? I think you should go and take your medication ... brother oom!

  • gerrit.volschenk - 2012-06-30 15:09

    If it is not a conflict of interest why was it not disclosed ? The shares will now be hidden in some trust or nominee's name whilst the company will receive millions of rands of business via this "non existent" conflict of interest.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 15:23

      Yeah, yeah, yeah, so says the sangoma/clairvoyant gerrit volschenk after throwing his bones and looking through his crystal ball. Make up anything to substantiate your fiction

      smili.fication - 2012-06-30 16:05

      Themba- The proof is in the past history of the ANC goverment. The only fiction is there cleverly worded propaganda and audit reports. STFU

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 16:19

      Smilification, you have just proven my point. You are judging Riah Phiyega, a woman that you hardly know, on the basis of "the past history of the ANC government." Breaking news, SHE HAS NEVER BEEN part of the history of the ANC. She was not in exile. She was not a political activits. So, sit down and shut up 'cause clearly you don't know what you are getting your knickers in a knot about

      smili.fication - 2012-06-30 16:32

      themba.thwala.98 - Tell me then, why does she have such a wonderfull history in SA's politics circle? Was she not appointed by a ANC condom comrade. AND I WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ANC'S EXILE HISTORY/PRE 1994, I WAS REFERRING TO IT'S LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN POWER.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-30 16:40

      Riah comes from the business sector. Which "wonderful history" are you referring to?Are you now gonna stick your thumb up your behind again and make it up again? You have worn me down with your astounding stupidity and deepseated racism. I'm going to my lounge to have a drink and watch television. The field is now yours

  • dixen.cox - 2012-06-30 17:49

    Hmmm...seems you guys cannot read...The new commissioner had no role in SAPS previously, but was a director (one of many) in Kapela with no conflict of interest regarding SAPS. Kapela as a company owns 40% of XON, so the commissioner's share is diluted and she resigned as a director and instructed the company to sell her shares. How is this negative, seems like a ray of light in terms of corporate governance! Surely when someone gets appointed to a position they may need a bit of time to untangle themselves from newly created conflicts of interest such as this? I think the commissioner needs to be applauded for taking swift action on a conflict that now exists as a result of her new appointment. And with XON being scandal free (no other mentions of them being implicated in anything even after being a supplier to SITA for for almost 10 years) one has to applaud them for ensuring that they remain so.

      Rodney - 2012-06-30 21:19

      Agreed, nowhere (that I could see anyway)does it state when the contract was awarded, if it was awarded since she became the boss, then I would be suspect. As for her not disclosing this information, the woman has only been in office a few weeks, there are far more important things to do immediately than disclose what may possibly be nothing of concern. While I firmly believe she should never have been given the post in the first place, this story as it stands, does not give me cause for concern. Innocent until proven guilty I think is the term used.

  • Erna - 2012-06-30 17:53

    While there may be, or not be, any connection betweem them, I always question the fact that all these tenders and government jobs are interlinked. So much for giving small business a chance. Also the husband/wife partnerships where both work for government departments - also noted in places like SARS. Do they meet and marry while working there or does the one 'arrange' a job for the other one? Too many coincidences and close relationships for my liking.

  • liton.habib.5 - 2012-07-24 05:37

    my neighbor's mother-in-law makes $81/hr on the internet. She has been laid off for ten months but last month her income was $21272 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more http://alturl.com/pqz8v

  • markvdm - 2012-07-24 06:50

    ....just found out where all the racists in SA hangout.....NEWS24 forums.....give the women a chance guys. She was appointed in June and on the 15th of June she ask for the shareholders to sell her shares. Hell in my books that is a glowing indication that she did not want a conflict of interest.....very welcome in SA politics that someone wants to clear up before to doom and gloom crowd try and nail her. Welcome Mam, hope you make a difference where the corrupt men before you could not.....

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