Security boss cries ‘foul’

2016-04-11 10:26
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Pietermaritzburg - The security boss implicated in the big overpay scandal with Msunduzi municipality said the company was “unnecessarily” portrayed in a bad light and is now forced to approach the courts.

Khuselani Security Risk Management (KSA) director Mohamed Yacoob wrote to The Witness following last weekend’s front page story implicating city top management in overpaying KSA almost R8,5 million.

Acting Msunduzi municipal manager Boniwe Zulu and Kwenza Khumalo, the process manager for risk management, were fingered as being responsible for the alleged overpayments.

Yacoob refused to answer The Witness’s questions but released a statement.

“In short, the article wrongly depicts our entity in scandalous issues … the plausible explanation is actually very simple … that the new contract has to date not commenced,” Yacoob wrote.

He said based on the approach by “certain individuals” in the municipality, KSA’s hand is forced to approach the court for a “declaratory order” on the legal issues.

He confirmed that the rates emanated from the 2009 contract, but added that “on more than one occasion” during 2015 KSA committed to repaying any overpayment to the municipality.

Yacoob said he was aware of the internal audit report, the key source in The Witness article last week, and that the report was presented to KSA last November. However, he said the report was deliberately misconstrued and the “entire episode unfortunately smacks of a selective witch-hunt”.

Yacoob added that Zulu and Khumalo did not have exclusive influence on the payments as the payments were ultimately actioned by suspended municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

“Khuselani enquired whether the Msunduzi municipality is any closer to finalising the implementation and therefore commencement date of the [new] contract. To date they have not done so,” he said, adding that “in law” the municipality had an unfettered obligation to do so.

He said since the old contract remains in operation pending the municipality formally commencing the new one, all rates referred to the higher rates from the previous contract.

Yacoob, whose clients are mainly municipalities like eThekwini, City of Cape Town and Msunduzi, said he wanted to asssure them that “nothing untoward occurred”.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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