Petros gets R10m to find 3 stolen laptops

2014-07-20 09:46


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Johannesburg - Former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros was awarded a R10m contract by the State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) to track down three laptops that had been stolen from their offices.

According to the Sunday Times this contract was awarded to Petros’s company iFirm in March despite it not having any track record or being listed on the government database. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Sita’s CEO Freeman Nomvalo and board chairperson Jerry Vilakazi handpicked Petros’s company during Sisulu’s tenure at public service and administration.

In addition to this, the contract was awarded to iFirm even through state law enforcement agencies, including the police, Hawks and Special Investigation Unit, were investigating the matter.

A senior government official said the information on the laptops was of a sensitive nature and that they were not able to rule out the possibility that it ended up in the hands of foreign intelligence.

Petros's contract with SAPS ended in August last year but he was asked to stay on for a few months.  He served as provincial commissioner of the Western Cape for seven years and held his position in Gauteng for about three years.

At the time he was tipped to be the new boss of the Hawks after being replaced by Major-General Bethuel Zuma, who was withdrawn just a few hours after his appointment when it emerged there were criminal charges pending against him.

When announcing Zuma's short lived appointment to the Gauteng post, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega took the opportunity to praise the work done by Petros in the job, describing him as "the epitome of a professional police officer."

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