The SIU’s case against Linda Mti

2011-03-20 06:02

According to the SIU, the first meeting between Linda Mti, Bosasa, Patrick Gillingham and other senior prisons officials took place between ­November 2003 and early 2004 at SuperSport Park cricket stadium in Centurion.

At the meeting, officials from Bosasa made a presentation to a delegation including Mti, Gillingham and Gauteng regional commissioner Freddie Engelbrecht.

The meeting addressed the outsourcing of catering services – before the department had decided to privatise its kitchens.
Engelbrecht raised questions regarding the viability of outsourcing catering facilities.

“His concern related to job security of DCS staff, the sustainability of such a venture, its budget and the effect of such outsourcing on offender labour. He (Engelbrecht) stated that in response to his questions, commissioner Mti rudely instructed him to stop asking ­questions,” reads the report.

In March 2004, Mti decided that the department would in future procure its own goods and services.
He also approved a request by ­Gillingham to exclude public works from ­multimillion-rand infrastructure tenders.
Several senior DCS officials told the SIU that they were sidelined during these tender ­processes and that Gillingham was in effect ­running the show.

The unit interviewed an architect who told them she was asked by Bosasa to draw up plans for a house to be built for Mti at the exclusive Savannah Hills Estate in Midrand.

“According to her, the house was to be built for commissioner Mti.”

Bosasa paid R63 861 in total for the house to be designed.

The SIU established that the house was owned by a shelf company belonging to a ­builder who had been paid R30 million by ­Bosasa between 2004 and 2007.

The same builder constructed Mti’s house, in which he still lives.

“The SIU is of the view that the house … was built for commissioner Mti. This can be gathered from the fact that the plans were ­prepared for commissioner Mti and that he has taken up occupation of the dwelling … The fact that (the builder) was previously engaged by Bosasa between 2004 and 2007, and was paid approximately R30 million during this period for construction work, leads the SIU to conclude that the construction of this house was probably funded by Bosasa.”

The SIU further established that Bosasa ­employee Frans Vorster placed an order for the purchase of a Volkswagen Touareg vehicle for Mti in September 2005.

The SIU cannot “say with certainty that the Touareg was funded by Bosasa”, but the fact that Vorster was involved in placing the order for the car, “in the absence of any evidence pointing to the contrary, raises the concern that Bosasa may have been involved in funding this vehicle, either wholly or in part”.

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