SIU takes case to court

2014-06-22 09:00

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Johannesburg - The Special Investigative Unit has taken one of its cases to court in a bid to remove the chief executive of the Universal Service Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), Zami Nkosi, from his post.

In addition to this, the SIU has dragged disgraced former communications minister Dina Pule into the battle saying it is because of her interference that Nkosi was appointed to the position, reported the Sunday Independent.

The SIU application, filed last week, wants the Pretoria High Court to set aside Nkosi's contract and force the agency to appoint another chief executive. The application is expected to be heard in August.

USAASA is responsible for the country's migration from analogue to digital TV and is expected to get a R2bn subsidy for the process.

This latest moves follows the launch of the SIU investigation earlier this year into Nkosi's appointment and irregularities in the spending of public funds at the agency.

The probe followed allegations of corruption and maladministration contained in a United Democratic Movement open letter to President Jacob Zuma last year.

In the letter, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa asked Zuma's office to intervene.

He claimed that the then communications minister, Pule, and other senior department officials had approved a multimillion-rand application by Cell C for the roll-out of broadband infrastructure in the eMalahleni municipality.

Holomisa alleged the application was approved despite not being subjected to the normal adjudication process, as required by the Electronic Communications Act.

He said had it not been for the refusal of USAASA executive Mmatlou Morudu to implement the project, the money would have been released.

Holomisa called for the suspension of the agency's senior management and Pule, who has since been replaced by Yunus Carrim.

Read more on:    siu  |  udm  |  cell c  |  dina pule  |  bantu holomisa  |  yunus carrim  |  zami nkosi

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