Petros gets R10m to find 3 stolen laptops

2014-07-20 09:46

Johannesburg - Former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros was awarded a R10m contract by the State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) to track down three laptops that had been stolen from their offices.

According to the Sunday Times this contract was awarded to Petros’s company iFirm in March despite it not having any track record or being listed on the government database. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Sita’s CEO Freeman Nomvalo and board chairperson Jerry Vilakazi handpicked Petros’s company during Sisulu’s tenure at public service and administration.

In addition to this, the contract was awarded to iFirm even through state law enforcement agencies, including the police, Hawks and Special Investigation Unit, were investigating the matter.

A senior government official said the information on the laptops was of a sensitive nature and that they were not able to rule out the possibility that it ended up in the hands of foreign intelligence.

Petros's contract with SAPS ended in August last year but he was asked to stay on for a few months.  He served as provincial commissioner of the Western Cape for seven years and held his position in Gauteng for about three years.

At the time he was tipped to be the new boss of the Hawks after being replaced by Major-General Bethuel Zuma, who was withdrawn just a few hours after his appointment when it emerged there were criminal charges pending against him.

When announcing Zuma's short lived appointment to the Gauteng post, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega took the opportunity to praise the work done by Petros in the job, describing him as "the epitome of a professional police officer."

  • Peter Van Zyl - 2014-07-20 09:51

    A R10 million Epitome yes?

      Jacko Superb - 2014-07-20 10:12

      They desperately need these laptops back, it contains all their corruption evidence.

      Clint Warren - 2014-07-20 10:40

      SITA employees probably sold the laptops.

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-07-20 11:14

      No trust in their own police.

      Tokkie Ndlovu - 2014-07-20 11:37

      Soon we will buy a bread for R10 million

      Donald Dykman - 2014-07-20 11:44

      The only sensitive information on a state agency laptop is Spider Solitaire high score.

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-07-20 12:57

      Good laff, Leonard and RSA! :)

  • Hendrik Potgieter - 2014-07-20 09:52

    Jah Neh! For lack of more suitable words!

      Mike Heyns - 2014-07-20 13:00

      It is the only three laptops with software that takes a speech and then convert it into pictures!!

  • mmmmTim - 2014-07-20 09:52

    Another inquiry? Fully justified in this case, with cancellation of the contract immediately!

      Paige Turner - 2014-07-20 11:24

      Just the mention of wicked witch Sisulu's name is enough to cast doubt on any tender award. It also shows what faith these idiots have in the Hawks, SAPS etc. I sure as hell hope that we ever has the laptops spills the beans and makes all the info public. Oooops, maybe laptops were used to trawl porn sites and play Donkey Kong.

  • Dragonfly - 2014-07-20 09:54

    It is not the story that irritates me (this cr@p happens every minute of the day in ANYTHING to with the government) but the way these liars always try to justify their wrong-doings. ANC: we, as normal citizens of this country, do not believe what you say anymore. We do not trust you nor do we want you to "run" this country anymore. If you STIll can't see it then you are blind. PS: Jacob, with you second term you had the choice to right all the wrongs you committed in your first 5 year term but you chose to keep on your path of lies and deceit. You are even dumber (or more scaly) than I thought!!

      Scouter Four-One - 2014-07-20 10:52

      Don't you just love the way they dropped 'foreign intelligence agencies' into the mix - immediately implies covert investigations and expenses that can't be audited because of the 'sensitive nature of the investigation'. More like a R10 million hand-out for doing nothing .......

  • Dee Bone - 2014-07-20 09:55

    thank you 62%. Traitors

      mac.ainslie - 2014-07-20 09:58

      It's not their tax money so they don't care! He who pays the piper should call the tune.

  • john.fourie.18 - 2014-07-20 09:55

    How many times have Lindiwe Sisulu's name cropped up in reports of corruption? Government serious about corruption?

      Torsten Erik Sorensen - 2014-07-20 10:16

      Skin lightening and hair straightening makeovers are damn expensive you know !!!!!

  • Ben S - 2014-07-20 10:02

    Can anyone who voted ANC please comment on this latest theft.

      Nico de Jongh - 2014-07-20 10:48

      Not a sign of Piet Koek se moer aka Anthony.. two face rubbish.

  • Dawid Jacobs - 2014-07-20 10:03

    Hahahaha....can SA become a bigger joke? Yes sir it can with only corrupt commie clowns living a capitalist lifestyle in "power"

  • Aaron Tshabalala - 2014-07-20 10:04

    rural arears are still in need of proper schools and libraries .

  • Aaron Tshabalala - 2014-07-20 10:04

    rural arears are still in need of proper schools and libraries .

  • Prince Ramalia - 2014-07-20 10:13

    banana republic and thanks to ANC

  • Dakalo Tshisikule - 2014-07-20 10:15

    10 m to find laptops ok

      Ben S - 2014-07-20 10:23

      The cadres have to eat.

      Logic Defies All - 2014-07-20 12:30

      @ben I think you forgot to add "bucket loads of KFC" at the end

  • Schalk Bothma - 2014-07-20 10:23

    Corruption will be the demise of this country as with so many other typical African countries....

  • mynard.slabbert - 2014-07-20 10:25

    Good thing it was only 3 laptops. Imagine the tab to find 20!!!

  • kayleigh.prince.5 - 2014-07-20 10:26

    Instead of buying laptops to the tune of R10m to put in less-fortunate schools...

  • David Kirkness - 2014-07-20 10:28

    Riah Phiyega doesn't know what a professional policeman is ...

  • Makola Jack Mokgokong - 2014-07-20 10:29

    Eish,eish,eish!!!bastards anc

  • Lesetja Monty Teffo - 2014-07-20 10:33

    Was it because she was sleeping with foreigners while she was a minister in the defense?hahahaha!They must just say it.What happens in the dark,will always find a way to see the making a baby.

  • Langa Kapueja - 2014-07-20 10:38

    Would receive my approval if he Petros had serched for and found the missing iPhone password... #OscarPistoriusTrial. Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. He has told the court that he shot Steenkamp four times through a locked bathroom door in his apartment after mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors say he deliberately killed her after an argument.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-07-20 11:04

      News framing? ...not very good at it.

      Langa Kapueja - 2014-07-20 11:38

      Yuh Rocky...just completing my 67mins of service...Giving both Black and White Crime and Conspiracy an equal chance to scorned or maybe heroworshipped...Atleast we can all make our pick. What have you done Rocky Bell?

  • Roger Pacey - 2014-07-20 10:39

    Not a computer security expert, but surely it is possible to have sensitive data stored on a secure server when the laptop is not in use? Alternatively, have the hard drive destroyed if tried by an unauthorised user? It seems odd to me that laptops that valuable can be open to theft. Would their owners face dereliction of duty charges?

  • Thabani Mkhatshwa - 2014-07-20 10:42

    Speechless ! Wtf

  • zenase.daansmit - 2014-07-20 10:53


  • Andre Kapp - 2014-07-20 10:56

    Man - hierdie soustrein ry lekker!!!

  • Rocky Bell - 2014-07-20 11:02

    Kleptocracy, ("rule by thieves") is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often with pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds. Is there any better description for the useless CancER?

  • Mohlala Hlekzo - 2014-07-20 11:10

    i guess petros did nothing wrong. his company got contract from SITA to track down stolen laptops.

  • tess.boltar - 2014-07-20 11:16

    Lindiwe Sisulu gets shunted from dept to dept why? She seems to have a knack for causing or mismanaging corruption and unrest. In parliament all she does is hurl insults at M.Ps. Why does she still have a high ANC position? And so much power to up S.A and us, the electorate?

      Paige Turner - 2014-07-20 11:36

      She brings her family name into disrepute every time she opens that twisted big mouth of hers. The Sisulu family was once respected by many people, and single-handed she's destroying it. What inside info does she have on No 1?

  • wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-07-20 11:29

    I think foreign intelligence wouldnt find any "intelligence" on those laptops... Instead they would regard it just as silly as newspaper cartoons.

      Paige Turner - 2014-07-20 11:38

      Except newspaper cartoons are not silly ... even Zuma has tried to sue Zapiro a couple of times (Zuma lost, of course, because his argument was pretty damn asinine)

      Logic Defies All - 2014-07-20 12:17

      Agreed. They would most probably dispose of the devices in a trash bin. But then again, I think the trash would reject such 'rubbish'

  • lood.klerk - 2014-07-20 11:36

    Sisulu again! Somebody should keep an eye on her! Maybe the Public Protector?? Where ever Sisulu has been lately is there alleged corruption!!

  • Kenneth Dise Sithole - 2014-07-20 12:06

    This is the government we voted for, what they are doing is bull and to top it all they don't like accounting for their mess. People are suffering and yet they give their bro's 10 Million contracts, wow south Africa is lost. We need change.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-07-20 12:11

    Every time I think it can't get worse and then it does.

  • Logic Defies All - 2014-07-20 12:13

    Wtf? R10M? Now this is just sheer corruption and nepotism. If the laptops do have tracking devices, there will be little need for petros's iFirm to intervene. If they decide to trace it using its network information, then I'm pretty sure the perpetrators will re-configure all network configurations and change the devices IP address with sheer simplicity. R10M is still too much to find equipment worth R30K. If the information was so 'private' then how did the perpetrators sneak out with the laptops? Its not something that you can easily hide. Things like this keeps you thinking all the time. What in sweet heaven goes on in government buildings.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2014-07-20 13:00

    Did they find the 3 laptops ? Surely it would have been cheaper to buy 3 new laptops and let the police investigate , ANC know how to waste our tax money

  • Rae of Sunshine - 2014-07-20 13:06

    R10bar in sy moer! Probably split between Sisulu, Vilakazi, Petros and Nomvalo!! Resent paying taxes that are being squandered like that!

  • Modupi Mosebo Modipane - 2014-07-20 14:28

    Pure madness by SITA, whoever that came up with the Idea to source the tender out should be charged with fraud. I suppose they practicing the principle of ubuntu at tax payer's expenses. I mostly ask myself the question of why I voted a certain party, although thankful I never voted ANC in return. They always find a way to make money at our expences.

      Frank Jordaan - 2014-07-20 16:11

      I have heard of rip-offs before but this one ranks as number one.At R3.3 million per laptop did he sub-contract to Nasa to trace these items.Imagine this person in charge of the Hawks!Is there no-one left who is linked to this regime who is still honest and not intend on stealing our money.

  • Clement Raymond Moropodi - 2014-07-20 15:49

    And has he found the missing laptops?

  • Ras Jah Moolka Mokwena - 2014-07-20 18:38

    High five to those who took those laptops, it shows how corrupt, ignorant n useless are our Police n officials

      Ntsikelelo Makanda - 2014-07-21 00:55


  • Frank Jordaan - 2014-07-20 19:10

    We as taxpayers can thank our lucky stars that 10 computers was not stolen.It is obvious that this connected ex cop wanted to retire on one tender!

  • Steven Swart - 2014-07-21 11:38

    You can buy 1000 powerfull laptops for that money.

  • Jeroen Kelderman - 2014-07-21 14:36

    check at cash converters the staff prob used them as a payday advance

  • Andile Mde - 2014-07-21 16:51

    where iz this country going?

  • ML Lehasa - 2014-07-21 16:58

    what is secret or sensitive here?

  • Grandy Momanyi - 2014-07-21 21:17

    This is totally ridiculous. Ten million contract to track three computers and the one whose company was awarded the contract used to occupy the office in which those computers were "taken" from! Irony indeed.

  • Francois de Villiers - 2014-07-23 00:31

    Maybe the laptops has the real nkandla report.

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