Cele signed World Cup tender deal - reports
Johannesburg - Suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele signed off on a dodgy R26m World Cup tender, the Sunday Times reported.
The contract awarded to Thoshan Panday, the owner of Goldcoast Trading, never went out to tender, the newspaper reported.
The contract was to provide accommodation to 1 280 police officers during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Treasury rules state that all government contracts worth more than R500 000 should follow a bid process.
According to the Sunday Times, three police officials in key positions were showered with gifts by Panday to ensure the deal was approved.
The deal was signed by Cele on June 7 2010, after his officials said there was no time "to advertise the bid", according to the report.
Cele told the Sunday Times that the deal was brought to him and that he did not know Panday.