DA wants action on 'prison bribery'

2011-03-20 22:54

Johannesburg - The DA on Sunday called on Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to lay criminal charges against those allegedly involved in a bribery scandal in her department.

"The minister needs to take strong action in light of these reports, further criminal charges against the involved parties need to be instituted and all Bosasa's current and future contracts halted," the Democratic Alliance's James Selfe said in a statement.

He was reacting to a City Press article citing a special investigating unit (SIU) report which revealed an "improper and corrupt" relationship between senior correctional services officials and the Bosasa group, which had received large contracts since 2004 to provide catering, security equipment, televisions and fencing to prisons.

The company apparently built former prisons boss Linda Mti a R30m house in Midrand.

Bosasa, headed by businessman Gavin Watson, received tenders worth R1.5bn under his watch.

The department's former chief financial officer Patrick Gillingham was allegedly also involved.

He allegedly received cash, cars, a kitchen and payments towards a house, according to the SIU report. 


Gillingham also allegedly carried business cards indicating he was a "consultant" to a Bosasa affiliate, while working for correctional services.

Said Selfe: "It is difficult to understand why criminal investigations may have taken this long, without any sign of real progress. That a R30m luxury house was apparently handed over as a gift to Mr Mti by Bosasa is clearly most irregular, and points, one would have thought, to a strong prima facie case against Mr Mti."

Bosasa was allegedly involved in drafting tender documents for contracts it won, in a way that gave it a clear advantage when these tenders were awarded.

The Sunday newspaper reported it was in possession of a copy of the report the SIU handed to Mapisa-Nqakula in September 2009.

Selfe said it was "perturbing that Bosasa has had is contracts renewed and continues to be awarded new contracts".

The department was not immediately available to comment.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-20 23:04

    Hau, how can Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula take any sort of action against those allegedly involved in a bribery scandal in her department? She leads from the front.

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-20 23:25

      The front of a KFC counter? lol. No I joke... You white racist! More Pc correct: The front of another cover-up scandal? That gets covered up again?

      Macho Mike - 2011-03-20 23:41

      Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was on television with British TV host Anne Diamond when he used the word "mañana" (pronounced “manyana”). Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means "Maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Or perhaps next week, next month, next year. Who really cares?" The host turned to Mr. Sipho Msondtlwana who was also on the show and asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. "Eish Madam" he replied. "In Xhosa we don't have a word to describe that degree of urgency." So this investigation, she will take “manyana” time.

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-03-21 07:28

      Well Mike, she only has a teachers diploma and some military training!! That says it all!

  • Mmbadululap - 2011-03-21 05:17

    I doubted her capability from day one. She is there just to please and satisfy the equity law. She is nothing more than a piece of a shit!

  • golferspal - 2011-03-21 06:40

    Africa Adio They see it, do nothing, what a nation.They cannot rule no Nation look at Africa and Obama

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-03-21 07:17

    The should investigate him for the Security guard debacle that we had durng the soccer world cup last year. They employed people that did not have any formal training and they told us they they did not have the budget to pay for professionalyy trained guards, it was disasterous!! Then they did not pay the people what they had promised them either. I am 2000% sure that the money is in his and his "cronies" Fidelity Guard's pockets!!!!

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-03-21 07:20

    Running Robben Island is about the limit of these thieving bastards .

  • onetickie - 2011-03-21 10:09

    Whenever I read about corruption or crime my brain immediately tells me I am reading about an ANC supporter.

  • albert martin - 2011-03-21 13:00

    The department is never available for comment! I have lost much respect for Pravin who talks the talk but never walks the walk. This gov is only serious baout doing nothing about corruption. Just another reason why the public should vote against it!

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