O’Sullivan on wrong end of the corruption stick

2014-05-04 15:00

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has turned the tables on corruption buster Paul O’Sullivan?–?she is probing an alleged irregular payment of R1.5?million he received.

But forensic investigator O’Sullivan says the allegations levelled against his firm have been trumped up by senior executives of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dube TradePort.

“These allegations are an attempt to protect people with low ethics and senior politicians are involved.

“It will backfire on them because I’ve done nothing untoward. I found deep-seated corruption that has triggered this,” said O’Sullivan.

He said the payment was “much less” than R1.5?million.

The port has been dogged by allegations of tender improprieties since it opened in 2010.

The latest allegations being probed by Madonsela involve the apparent inflation of the price of a 300ha estate to R410?million allegedly without evaluation.

Madonsela is also investigating whistle-blower allegations of nepotism against senior executives.

Madonsela’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said documents had been requested from the port, which pledged to furnish them by May 15.

“The investigation is on the transactions but individuals involved will be scrutinised,” said Segalwe.

Bheko Madlala, spokesperson for the provincial department of economic development, did not respond to requests for comment.

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