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Co-operate with FBI tender probe - DA

2012-12-06 07:58

Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday called on Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to work with the FBI in its probe into the department's awarding of a social grant tender. 

"I will... request that she and her department give their full co-operation to the FBI in their inquiry into the R10bn tender for the administration of social grants awarded to Cash Paymaster Systems (CPS)," the party's Mike Waters said in a statement. 

CPS is a subsidiary of US company Net1 UEPS.

 Net1, through CPS, manages and distributes social grants in South Africa. It was awarded the tender by the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) in January this year. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether Net1 violated United States federal criminal laws by engaging in a scheme to bribe local officials in connection with the tender. 

The social grants tender had been marred by controversy, said Waters. 

"In April this year, reports revealed that human settlements director general Thabane Zulu, who is a member of the Sassa tender adjudication committee, received a R1.4m deposit into his personal account a few weeks before deliberations on the bid commenced." 

Another committee member received a R600 000 payment towards his bond soon after the contract was awarded to CPS. 

"Furthermore the involvement of President Jacob Zuma's lawyer Michael Hulley raised questions when he was brought in by Sassa as a ‘strategic adviser' for the bid." 

Key tender requirements were changed nine days before applications for the tender closed. 

In August this year, Judge Elias Matojane in the High Court in Pretoria declared the tender illegal and invalid, but it was not set aside. 

Absa subsidiary AllPay challenged the awarding of the tender in court, alleging widespread corruption and irregularities. 

"I have already written to the Public Protector (Thuli Madonsela) to investigate the awarding of the tender. I will now request that she shares her findings with the US department of justice and the FBI." 

Department spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said they had not had any communication from the FBI regarding the investigation.

 

Comments
  • gift.ndlovu.564 - 2012-12-06 08:14

    They can't have the army...So they call the FBI

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-12-06 08:35

      Pathetic... i suppose you have no issue with government officials taking bribes and abusing the system. You want democracy, but not the parts of it that prevent such things.

      phiwo.gasa - 2012-12-06 09:54

      Ha! Is it an army or another corrupt feeding scheme

  • trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-12-06 08:28

    USA, we are counting you guys to show muscle, our government is disappointing us big time. Please catch these corrupt thieves and put them behind bars. When ever there is billions talked about there is corruption cancerous ANC officials involved.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-12-06 08:33

    The FBI must roast these thieving bastards... IF they are found to be corrupt.

  • ivan.vanheerden.3 - 2012-12-06 09:16

    Michael Hulley is an embarassment to the legal profession and society in general. Please do us a favour and crawl all the way up Zuma's backside where you can expire quietly

  • graham.j.nelson.7 - 2012-12-06 09:22

    These swine are stealing from their own unemployed and disabled people....and you can bet your last dollar these same helpless people will still vote the same corrupt leaders into power next election so that they can carry on stealing from them!!! What a joke....

  • thabo.dijoe - 2012-12-06 09:36

    Damn we leaving in a maffia state now...

      GideonJordaan009 - 2012-12-06 10:24

      living --> fixed that for you

      Bob - 2012-12-06 14:14

      Mafia --> fixed that for you

  • mvanvuuren - 2012-12-06 10:12

    Let this evil anc fall in it's own sword.. http://mg.co.za/article/2012-03-23-sexwales-prints-all-over-r10bn-tender

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-12-06 10:19

    Work fast, get them (CancER government - top to bottom)in jail before it's too late for everyone in SA.

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-12-06 11:50

    if the fbi is starting to investigate corruption in SA they better hire a few more officers. they will be busy for quite a while. i think our government ministers who were on robben island were actually doing their sentences in advance. their crimes started after they got let free

  • penelope.jones.1426 - 2012-12-06 15:08

    Well, someone must sort out the ANC-mess!

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