Hawks probing police IT division

2012-05-09 22:17

Cape Town - The Hawks are investigating allegations of corruption within the SA Police Service information communication technology (ICT) division, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on his budget vote, Mthethwa said he had, in the past two years, emphasised the need to look at policing more smartly and the need to get value for money from the amount spent on technology.

Currently, the department had a budget of approximately R2.6bn for technology, as allocated under the Technology Services Management (TMS) division.

"However, allegations of tender mismanagement, irregular expenditure, and lack of return on investment have been brought to my attention," he said.

"Therefore we will now be adopting a two pronged-strategy to deal with this problem."

Firstly, he had instructed that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations of corruption in the TMS environment.

"Secondly, I have instructed that I expect by the end of May 2012 to receive a plan from TMS regarding a turn-around strategy, with clear plans on what they will spend on over the next five years and how."

All major projects had to be planned for, and had to speak to operational priorities, which had to be accompanied by transparent procurement processes, he said.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-09 22:34

    a budget of R2.6bn and the cops are still so far behind?1?!?!

      Sean - 2012-05-10 00:10

      This government is completely rotten , from head to toe !!

      Arthur - 2012-05-10 04:06

      Sean, your comment really is a lame one. If you engaged your brain before rushing to see your name in print, you may just find that there are probably more good apples than bad ones in govt. Granted the bad ones steal the limelight and implicate the good, but there ARE good ones. And NO, I won't be voting ANC.

      pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:04

      @ Arthur, name them. More good apples than bad ones. Sure, and the tooth fairy really exists. It shows your naivety and more importantly you complete lack of involvement, even at ward level. Almost EVERY SINGLE department (Science and Tech is one exception that I can think of) has been implicated in MAJOR corruption. In 2006 the AG found that 46,000 state employees were illegally taking grants. All of the (ANC) premieres at the time chose to cover it up, and NOT ONE prosecution was forthcoming. Two years ago it was reported that over R40 BILLION in just SASSA funds could not be accounted for in just the EC. Arms Deal corruption extends to the highest levels of parliament and the only reason Zuma instituted an enquiry now was because if (when?) he lost the court case he would not be able to dictate the terms of reference. Even Manuel endorsed the deal as clean, and Andrew Feinstein was forced to resign from the ANC because he knew it wasn't and wanted an investigation. Do I need to go on?

  • Koos - 2012-05-09 22:44

    Is that the best they could do ? That 617+ policemen arrested for everything from murder to corruption in the last year is just the tip of the iceberg. The police in SA is rotten to the core, way beyond the point of no return. Every single day we hear of the rot spreading. Wherever the ANC lay their hands on everything turns into sh#t.

      Oneant - 2012-05-10 00:38

      yes koos... but remember.. if you mention this you are either a racists, or its apartheids fault.

  • George - 2012-05-10 03:04

    Yes, don't stop there Hawks. Continue on to the national treasury...Who knows what you will find?

  • Juan - 2012-05-10 03:11

    Talking about irregular expenditure, what's happening about the probe into MR Mtetwa's use of taxpayer funds for improvements to his personal property?

  • Zighom - 2012-05-10 04:06

    And then you send the report from pillar to post...

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-10 05:05

    Shame, Arthur, let us know the moment you wake up and smell the roses. The ANC and all its members ARE corrupt, and it is eating like a cancer throughout the whole of our society

  • Dennis - 2012-05-10 05:11

    Will the Hawks spoksman ever honestly say "We found no corruption in this department" ? Ja maybe if they investigated a play group of 4yr old kids !! The ANC IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE !!!

  • dave.kofang - 2012-05-10 05:54

    As long as theres politicians in business,corruption will continue.This is a bad situation we find ourself in.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-05-10 05:54

    As long as theres politicians in business,corruption will continue.This is a bad situation we find ourself in.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-10 06:02

    Aaahhh!!! my morning cup of coffee and my favourite news #corruption to read about in the morning. Lets face facts, there's not going to be an end on stories like this even with a new party in power. Greed within government will always be around for as long as we live. Its happening within every country in the world, just some like #SA are on top of the list.

      pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:07

      We have to accept that because people are involved there will be corruption, but it is the level of corruption, and more importantly the lack of action against it that is most worrisome. Our situation has occurred because out voters allow it to happen.

  • talita.vandermerwe - 2012-05-10 06:30

    The livestyle of some of our politians are set so high, they MUST steal to maintain it. A million rand is like a R1000.00 to them. Then we must also remeber they compete with each other to see who can be the most bling, and the worst ios that we laugh at them behind their backs because they have such bad taste.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:21

    I'd love to know where the money is being spent. In the last 4 police stations I've been to either no computers or one or two steam powered ones.

  • Werner - 2012-05-10 08:36

    Like playing hide and seek by yourself. I am so glad i did not vote for these apes.

  • Koos - 2012-05-10 09:45

    Good !! I trust the R900 million tender for telecommunications equipment to a company not capable of implementing this very sophisticated TETRA system, will also be investigated. I understand they received advance payments of tens of millions of rands without doing anything. They were also not able to provide a bond of 10% of the value as required by the contract. This is inside information and you will be surprised on the heads that will roll. In the meantime the public is suffering because the Police cannot provide a proper service with the outdated equipment in use. Just another scam being hided from the public for years.

      Werner - 2012-05-10 11:16

      I am also aware of a great deal of corruption being swept under the table at a very 'busy' municipality. In the past 15 years, not one of the individuals exposed by the media and convicted by the courts are paying for their crimes. They are caught and then promoted, or relocated for compensation.

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