Police tenders - more graft allegations

2011-07-27 22:25

Pretoria - The FF Plus has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the R134m construction of the Inanda and Pienaar police stations in Mpumalanga, it said on Wednesday.

"The initial tender was set to be R55m, but in the end it cost R134m," said Freedom Front Plus police spokesperson Pieter Groenewald.

In a letter, he also asked Madonsela to investigate alleged irregularities with the issuing of tenders at the two police stations and the possible favouring of the company "Midway Two".

"It appears as if a cat's nest of irregularities has taken place with the awarding of tenders in the police service," he said.

"Millions of rand of the taxpayers is at stake here and the public has to receive the assurance that taxpayers' money is being used correctly."

The police stations are two of 33 reportedly being scrutinised by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

"I am asking the public protector to also investigate the matter as the report of the public protector is submitted to Parliament, and the report of the SIU is not necessarily handed to Parliament," said Groenewald.

Fully-paid trip

Earlier this month, Madonsela released the second of two reports into two police building leases.

In it, she found that the conduct of national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde amounted to maladministration.

On Wednesday, The Star reported that, on the instructions of Cele, the SIU was investigating 33 police stations and police officials who had been found to have direct interests in entities awarded contracts.

It was also investigating the processes followed in the awarding of the contracts.

Former policemen Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Hlela, Lieutenant General Matthews Siwundla and Major General Stefanus Terblanche were allegedly implicated.

Hlela was a deputy national police commissioner and head of the police supply chain management at the time of the alleged irregularities.

His fully-paid trip to the Rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003 was also being investigated.

It was thought to have been sponsored by Midway Two, which had reportedly obtained virtually all the police contracts involved.

  • chris.khanye - 2011-07-27 22:55

    And we become surprised when only 2 police officers man a roadblock, stop you and ask funny questions like - where's your spare wheel? The rot starts at the head!!!

      Spyker May - 2011-07-27 23:26

      Good call chris..!

      sipholess - 2011-07-28 05:10

      Does anyone ever go to an ANC station anymore ?

      Met - 2011-07-28 09:35

      I believe that only the top 20 most serious cases of corruption/ allegations, amounting to R 20 billion, is being investigated in the police. The message? Steal by all means, but when you do, keep it below a billion at a time

  • Real Deal - 2011-07-28 01:21

    Typical ANC accounting and fraud. They raping the state coffers!

      Morne Loubser - 2011-07-28 09:35

      Agreed! If accounting was this easy in high school, i'd have done a masters after school!

  • Uncle Bigbear - 2011-07-28 06:09

    The CEO of Midway Two's wife works in the Office of the Presidency. Can anybody spot the link ?

      Creeky - 2011-07-28 08:33

      Sneaky Bastards!!! WQonder how much of these payments from MODWAY TWO, were paid into ZUMA'S TRUST FUND?????????

      Creeky - 2011-07-28 08:34

      Midway Two... too!

  • Uncle Bigbear - 2011-07-28 06:10

    The CEO of Midway Two's wife works for the our dear Pres JZ.

  • noitall - 2011-07-28 07:16

    mmmm wonder if Malema Construction were involved

  • nobokjoy - 2011-07-28 07:21

    giving them sexual favours.

  • Nontutuzelo - 2011-07-28 07:22

    i hope that the truth comes out on this one, our government officials are so corrupt its actually disgusting.all they care about is themselves. Nontutuzelo Rozani

      pothead - 2011-08-24 12:38

      nontutuzelo,yet the people will vote for them again in the next election!!!! direct translation from afrikaans - there is no medicine on the market for stupidity!!!!

  • York Hunt - 2011-07-28 08:24

    Please people don't get excited or upset. Its just the ANC stealing MORE money. Oh, and more the same to come. You will see this type of news story every week in SA. As soon as the ANC came into power, they invented the arms deal fraud swindle, then followed many others, oilgate, travelgate, gautrain - ah man the list goes on and on and on!

  • Jon JJ - 2011-07-28 08:28

    And Cele still hasn't commented. You got to sayharged guilty as charged then. Remove this idiot from office ASAP. He's a criminal scumbag!!

  • George - 2011-07-28 08:48

    Is anyone really surprised? This is how Africa operates; is anyone really still expecting a colonial accountable system? How frightfully European...

      lulu - 2011-07-28 09:09

      After the colonial accountable system raped the colonies your comment is truly baseless and sickening

      Kenno - 2011-07-28 09:24

      and when all the money has been stolen, and the masses are starving, they will be begging those "wicked, imperialist westerners" to provide hand outs to feed the starving people. What a joke these fools are!

      Kevin - 2011-07-28 09:49

      LULU - Right now all the superior Western countries give millions and billions in aid to keep the Africans alive. Do not think it is the anc buying all those arvs to keep the aids infected alive.I sometimes wonder why they do not pull the plug on the aid and they could colonise Africa within a couple of years as everyone would be dead. The reason they give the aid is because they care about the human race so leave the moral West alone

      George - 2011-07-28 10:34

      @lulu: damn this colonial system for establishing an infrastructure pre-1994. I can see that Africa has done as well maintaining it than the other banana-replublics did on their independence. Do you live in a hut?

  • hansgat_masepa - 2011-07-28 09:27

    my new wabenzi drives very nice

  • Kevin - 2011-07-28 09:44

    Come on anc - Investigate , charge and jail. DO THE RIGHT THING. MAXIMUM SENTENCES IN THESE CASES

      zaatheist - 2011-07-28 10:06

      What are you smoking? Ain't going to happen.

  • crocodile - 2011-07-28 09:51

    who are the directors

  • economyfree - 2011-07-28 09:58

    Shooooooo, this is just too much.....from an ANC supporter!

  • Rob - 2011-07-28 10:57

    "Major General Stefanus Terblanche" - This makes my blood boil. A policeman from Diepsloot once said that as far as whites and crime were concerned there was less or no tollerence from the police as whites "knew better." This Terblanche should get double the punishment that the other two get. Then again 2 times nothing is still nothing.

  • Fair Deal - 2011-07-28 12:37

    Will anything be left over for the upliftment of the comunity? after everyone has helped themselves.

      Kevin - 2011-07-28 12:56

      No -quickly get your share. a billion at a time. Celeious ,you can do it

  • crocodile - 2011-08-04 15:22

    where was Mr Roux the schemer. this smell like him

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