Today, DA Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen MP, laid criminal charges against ANC MP, Vincent Smith; Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe; Minister of Communications, Nomvula Mokonyane; former SAA Chairperson, Dudu Myeni; Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla; and others in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (Act 12 of 2004).
Also implicated are former procurement manager of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mbulelo Gingcana, and former Head of Correctional Services, Linda Mti.
This follows reports that they received security upgrades and other benefits from Bosasa, also known as African Global Operations, the controversial facilities management that has secured contracts worth R10 billion from various government departments.
These allegedly included:
- An alarm system, electric fencing and CCTV worth R250 000 for Myeni’s house in Richards Bay;
- Recording systems, perimeter lighting and CCTV worth R300 000 at Mantashe’s Boksburg, Cala and Elliott houses;
- An alarm system, CCTV system and electric fence valued at R350 000 for Makwetla’s house; and
- A CCTV system and electric fencing valued at R200 000 for Smith’s house in Roodepoort. Smith also allegedly received over R671 000 over the past three years and R100 000 in cash from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson on a monthly basis.
Bosasa has throughout the years benefited from being awarded several large contracts by various government departments and entities, reportedly worth more than R10 billion over the next five to ten years. These include the departments of Justice and Correctional Services and the