News24

Madonsela to probe e-toll contracts

2012-05-11 22:10

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into complaints of tender irregularities with the Gauteng e-toll system, her office said on Friday.

She would investigate allegations of an "improper relationship" between Swedish companies involved in the arms deal and the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom, her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

"In this regard the public protector will be able to determine among others whether no other institution is investigating similar allegations," she said.

Unjustly enriched


"Thereafter, the public protector will determine whether the allegations merit a formal investigation."

This followed complaints lodged by Democratic Alliance MP Jack Bloom, director for the Institute for Accountability in SA Paul Hoffman and the recently resigned chief executive the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Nazir Alli.

Bloom welcomed the announcement on Friday evening. "I hope that this is a first step towards a wider investigation into all the contracts involved in the e-tolling," he said.

"We need to know if any high-level politician was unjustly enriched in this process."

Beneficiaries

The Sunday Times reported last weekend that politically connected companies stood to benefit from the e-tolling contracts.

According to the newspaper, these included Tsebo Holdings, South Africa's largest catering company, 15% of which was owned by Nozala Investments and 15% by Lereko.

It reported that Nozala was headed by Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane, a trustee of the African National Congress front company Chancellor House, and that Lereko was owned by former environment minister Valli Moosa and Chancellor House trustee Popo Molefe.

Other companies which stood to benefit were Vodacom and GijimaAST, of which was 35% owned by billionaire businessman Robert Gumede, which won the two largest sub-contracts.

R6.6bn contract


The 33 sub-contractors were signed up by the electronic toll consortium (ETC), after it was awarded the main R6.6bn contract by Sanral in 2009. The ETC is responsible for collecting e-tolls.

The Sunday Times also reported that a major beneficiary was Kapsch TrafficCom, which owned 40% of the main contractor.

The company confirmed to the newspaper that, until 2000, it was owned by arms company SAAB, which admitted in June to paying bribes of more than R24m to ensure it was picked to supply Gripen jets to South Africa in the arms deal.

Alli resigned on Monday, just over a week after the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was granted an urgent interdict to stop the launch of the system.

The project has since been put on hold.

Reasons were not given for Alli's resignation. He will remain in office until June 3.

Comments
  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-11 22:38

    who needs this corrupt ANC and their thieving Swedish and Austrian puppet masters..Madonsela expose these bastards for what they are!!

      sjhuman1 - 2012-05-15 10:23

      this case will most likely be dropped like the rest of the corruption cases in SA. it sickens me.

  • Godfrey - 2012-05-11 22:39

    Viva public protector viva, no fear or favour.

      George - 2012-05-12 16:40

      Except she needs money to operate which national treasury are not giving her. WHY? Any guesses. Audit the national treasury and its maladministration of our funds.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-11 22:48

    Will the rape and plunder of our country by the ANC and their cronies never stop??? It is disgusting. They will burn in hell for what they are doing to us

      mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-05-12 07:00

      It wont end,everyday they come up with the strategy of how they can use the goverment money for them.we are getting tired of this ANC leaders because they are full of crime and the country is not succesing.

      henk63 - 2012-05-12 10:35

      Fannie, what was that? Assuming you meant Great Grandparents, now where were they when this mess was created? In their day, they went through a Great Depression, living just as the poor masses is living today. They were very poor and had to make do with very little. There was nobody to steal, beg or demand from, unlike now. Careful planning, execution and completion on capital projects is what is missing here. Then add corruption, lack of morals, lack of decency, lack of knowledge and lack of punishment.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-11 22:55

    Thuli for president!!! She will get to the bottom of this cesspit. Expose them all, show the rest of South Africa how totally corrupt this lot are!

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-11 23:18

    I often wonder how Protector Mandosela deals w/ her workload. Her undogged determination in performing her constitutional duties is an example leaders around the world should follow. The public should make sure the office of Public Protector is always fully funded and staffed by those interested solely in fulfilling the obligations of that office. Certainly an inspiration to younger generation and should be an example to older generation what is possible, even when seemingly all hope for fairness and truth seem lost. Is it possible to patent her work ethic?

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-05-12 00:39

    Hats OFF to Madonsela! She will need stamina and some serious trustworthy help!!\r\n \r\nI feel another CIRCUS emerging and FIASCO on the cards for good ol' South Africa!\r\n\r\nWhy, why, why is everything so ROTTEN to the core, why can't SA just sail calm smooth waters instead of riding cyclonic wave after wave of turbulence and most of us are frigging DROWNING.. ??\r\nSo fed-up and a feeling of helplessness ><

      sally.lewitt - 2012-05-12 01:01

      Not forgetting very good body guards to protect the Protector..!

      Vic - 2012-05-12 05:34

      Sally, you are so right; Mandonsela is going to need some serious trustworthy help, but is there such a thing within government? They're all rotten to the core! Clearly she has too much on her plate.

  • DIESELDBN - 2012-05-12 04:15

    Those guys are giving SA bad name so bash them out! Well done to public protector.

  • Julian - 2012-05-12 05:56

    "We need to know if any high-level politician was unjustly enriched in this process."  Should have said " We need to know WHICH high-level politician are unjustly robbing the people of this country"

  • Vincent - 2012-05-12 07:11

    This woman...what a \beautiful mama\.#blushing#. A good step for wider and much deeper investigations.

  • sakhumzi.mona - 2012-05-12 07:35

    Yha Thulie i d'nt expect u tell us u no longar investigate the corruption in e- toll and d'nt tell us there is no evedence these fat cats are killing us, kungaqhuma kubasiwe.

  • Musa Mahlangu - 2012-05-12 07:48

    What happened to the investigation on the deputy president. I think the lady loves the limelight and will take on any case that will bring media attention. Reminds me of the scorpions which used to invite the media to raids so they can create a perception of crime busting.

      Arthur - 2012-05-12 15:06

      These investigations are extremely complex and take time and diligence - it's not something you can solve over night. Also, ONE wrong move and the case will be thrown out, so she has to be exceptionally cautious and make sure that every last detail, every tiny nut and bolt is 100% correct.

  • Rick - 2012-05-12 08:49

    The Public must now also protect the Public Protector. Thuli Madonsela is doing such a good job she is going to have a target on her back.

      Arthur - 2012-05-12 15:04

      I think that goes without question, and I'm 100% sure the public "have her back" across the board.

      George - 2012-05-12 16:42

      The cANCer society must keep their hands off or the ancestors will send the tokolshe to hunt down her enemies. That's how it works.

  • Henry - 2012-05-12 08:50

    I'd also give a public protector a go ahead. I still congratulate Outa, on their awarding of court interdict as it shows that one way or the other a man on the street would be liable for payments (unnecessary) while some business-turned politicians, become filthy rich. It also shows how independent the courts of this country are. Had it been for their intervention, hell would brake loose. Thumbs up to the public protector.

  • Henry - 2012-05-12 08:50

    I'd also give a public protector a go ahead. I still congratulate Outa, on their awarding of court interdict as it shows that one way or the other a man on the street would be liable for payments (unnecessary) while some business-turned politicians, become filthy rich. It also shows how independent the courts of this country are. Had it been for their intervention, hell would brake loose. Thumbs up to the public protector.

  • Arthur - 2012-05-12 15:03

    Another thing to add to my Bucket List - to some day give Thuli Madonsela a big fat bear hug. Keep fighting the good fight Ma'm and never be swayed!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-13 07:38

    Just as the majority today can do little about the doings of the ANC, so too the minority could little about the monster apartheid. Because of apartheid most blacks hate the whites. Do the whites now hate the blacks because of the anc's policies and corruption? I don't think so - I do however think most of us whites are angry because the blacks are so gullible and they fall for the anc's campaign claptrap time and time again... They see the fiscal abuse and just keep on voting and dreaming about the free cars, houses, farms and mines they were told they'd have if they voted ANC.

  • mark.halbert - 2012-05-13 22:53

    Please ask the Public Protector to investigate the Chapmans Peak Toll Road contracts whilst she is about it.

  • pages:
  • 1