Prisons may extend 'corrupt' tender

2012-01-29 17:15

Johannesburg - The prisons department is considering extending a multimillion-rand catering tender that, according to the special investigating unit (SIU), was awarded corruptly in the first place.

City Press has learnt that the department of correctional services met representatives of Bosasa Operations last week to discuss extending the company’s R1bn tender to provide food to seven management areas countrywide.

This comes after prisons commissioner Tom Moyane told Parliament last year kitchens in prisons would be taken over by prison staff in 2012.

Prison kitchens were privatised in 2004 when the department, under prisons boss Linda Mti, awarded Bosasa its first multimillion-rand correctional services tender. City Press revealed last year that an SIU investigation found an “improper and corrupt” relationship existed between senior correctional services officials and Bosasa.

Mti received a luxury Midrand house from Bosasa, the SIU found. The Hawks are currently probing Bosasa’s dealing with the prisons department.

Now Moyane is considering extending Bosasa’s contract because prisons aren’t ready to provide food to prisoners themselves.

Legal opinion

Four advocates were asked by Moyane to “urgently” provide him with a legal opinion on whether Bosasa’s contract could be extended for 18 months.

The advocates – including silks Marumo Moerane and Vincent Maleka – advised Moyane on January 19 not to extend Bosasa’s contract, but to advertise a fresh tender.

"The legislative and policy framework is clear with regard to procuring goods and services for amounts exceeding R500 000," reads their legal opinion.

Moyane’s spokesperson, Phumlani Ximiya, said a decision has not yet been made.

“However, it can be acknowledged that negotiations with the service provider are ongoing to consider various options regarding the provision of nutritional services”.

He said the department was confronted with “challenges relating to human resources, equipment and infrastructure”.


Ximiya denied that the department endorsed corruption. “It should be stated that the corruption allegations found to have occurred in the 2004 nutrition contract are currently dealt with by the Hawks after the department had requested their involvement in the light of the SIU report.”

At last week’s launch of Cosatu’s Corruption Watch initiative, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said: “With corruption in government, all members must be dealt with, irrespective of rank or status.”

Radebe said corruption was a criminal act that “steals the fruit of our struggle and we must declare it our enemy, as apartheid was".

"If we acknowledge that corruption is a way of life in South Africa, we have lost the battle."

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-01-29 12:39

    This is what would really happen if the mines in our country were to be nationalised. All functions that used to take place in-house will be outsourced to politically connected individuals and the state will end up paying a fortune for this...

      Thandi - 2012-01-29 19:03

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      steve.dupreez - 2012-01-29 19:18

      "If we acknowledge that corruption is a way of life in South Africa, we have lost the battle." - sadly they are trying to ignore/hide corruption thru the new secrecy bill. Battle lost. Game over.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-10-25 02:52

      Excuse me? The prison catering duties WERE once all nationalised and then the government decided to PRIVATISE it -- and that's where it went bad. This decay happened under a privatisation policy, not a nationalisation one!

  • Erich - 2012-01-29 17:33

    Four advocates, two of whom are SC's, were asked for an opninion. Why did Monyane simply not asked his senior procurement clerk this question. He would have received the same opinion. Unbelievable!

      Max - 2012-01-29 19:10

      The procurement clerk would have also been able to tell you that the average price that Government pays for bread is R52.00. This is corruption at its best.

      Bokfan - 2012-01-29 22:56

      The procurement clerk would not have been able to charge R250 000 per opinion for his input thus leaving the prison boss 4 quarters short on his holiday house payment

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-29 17:34

    We no longer have a Prisons Department in SA. We have the Correction Services Department. When we did have a Prisons Department it was corruption free.

  • Gareth - 2012-01-29 17:42

    Any white surnames there? Cos i couldn't read any

      Yar - 2012-01-29 18:18

      No Gareth You read right. Amazing isn't it?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-10-25 02:56

      Is Jordan a "white surname"? (Pallo -- ANC ) What about Botha? (Thozamile --Cope)?

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-29 17:51

    Jeff Radebe has hit the nail on the head, but I think we have already lost the battle. So many greedy fingers in the pie already.

      Yar - 2012-01-29 18:20

      @Sylvia Jeff is part of the problem. He knows it exists, but he and the rest of them have done nothing to solve the problem. I wonder how clean he is?

  • braamc - 2012-01-29 18:14

    Born criminals

  • Ben - 2012-01-29 18:18

    The fact that some people are prepared to continue this practice, shows that they have accepted this as the norm.

  • march54 - 2012-01-29 18:40

    This tender needs to be revoked immediately. Food preparation should be done by the prisoners.

      Tarryn - 2012-01-29 19:02

      I like this!! Make them work for their meal! They should grow their own vegetable also! Would skill them in farming giving them skills to work on a farm on release increasing agriculture and removing the bill to feed these animals from our tax burden.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-29 19:36

      Tarryn, This is already done is some Correctional Centres. Drakenstein (formerly Victor Verster) near Paarl has a farm where vegetables and fruit are grown. They have cattle, pigs and chicken. They also have workshops where steel and wooden products are produced and also a textile section where all the uniforms are made. Most correctional Centers have at least vegetable garden.

  • Pawel - 2012-01-29 19:01

    Classic !!!!

  • Thandi - 2012-01-29 19:01

    Business as usual in the ANCorruption.

  • Eileen - 2012-01-29 19:03

    We can but hope the new anti-corruption group, recently established --- from the names listed, I think some have some clout. Also all corruption can be reported: info.details are available from radio 702 for this information.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-29 19:03

    So, the ANC admit they are incapable of the VERY simple task of feeding a few thousand prisoner - with completely free labour on top of it, but they expect us to trust them to competently run the country? On the other hand, we have had so much corruption exposed WRT the ANC, and they STILL get 65% of the vote, then why on earth would they stop?

  • Dan - 2012-01-29 19:05

    We have a president who is not prepared to tackle corruption head on but just pays lip-service when the topic of corruption is brought up. His spokesman is sitting in office with a cloud over his head and nothing is being done about that. Vavi's anti-corruption unit is a very good idea but this is the same man who blindly asks his union members to vote for the same corrupt party at every election. As long as they know that they going to be voted in at every election, there is no chance that corruption is going to slow down.

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