How On-Point faked it

2012-09-28 00:00

THE company that paid millions of rands in “dividends” to Julius Malema allegedly used the CVs, photos and information of more than 30 unsuspecting people to obtain a R52 million tender.

On-Point Engineers director Kagisho Dichabe apparently even used his own cousin’s CV without the latter’s knowledge.

According to the provisional report of the public protector (PP), titled “On the Point of Tenders”, On-Point submitted the names of a senior management team to Limpopo’s department of Roads and Transport to be considered for the tender.

The team comprised an architect, an economist, a secretary and a long list of highly-trained engineers and project managers.

During the investigation the PP tried to contact the team members. About 20 of them could not be traced and another 13 denied ever having done any work for On-Point.

At least six had never heard of On-Point and were shocked to discover that their profiles were used to obtain a tender.

Dimakatso Matshoga was on On-Point’s team list as an engineer who studied at the University of Natal and was doing her MBA.

During the PP investigation Matshoga said she was shocked to hear that her name was on the list.

“I was never a part of On-Point’s senior management team as indicated in the tender documents. (I did not even know of On-Point’s existence.)

“I was totally unaware of the fact that my name, professional details and even my photo were used in their tender documents.

“I am rather disappointed to hear that my professional identity was used in a fraudulent way without my knowledge …”

R. Mphonyo, Dichabe’s cousin, said he was looking for work and sent his CV to Dichabe.

“He asked for my CV and I gave it to him in all innocence. He said he is trying to get something off the ground and would come back to me when it becomes a reality.

“I was not aware that my CV was used in the On-Point tender document.”

On-Point channelled the millions paid to the company for building roads in Limpopo to its shareholders. Since 2010 Guilder Investments has been On-Point’s only shareholder, with Lesiba Gwangwa as director.

Gwangwa is a friend and business partner of Malema.

The Gwangwa family trust and Malema’s Ratanang family trust are the shareholders of Guilder Investments and massive “dividends” were paid to them every month.

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