Police graft in spotlight
AN INTERIM report by the Special Investigating Unit has put the spotlight on corruption in building projects handled by the South African Police Service.
The report, which was presented to Parliament's portfolio committee two weeks ago, said there might be about 115 members of the police who are directly linked to suppliers, who are involved in 33 police station building projects, and a further 215 possible cases of "conflict of interest".
SIU spokesman Boy Ndala said the unit was investigating about R50-million worth of corruption involving 3783 payments made in projects involving the building of 33 police stations.
The SAPS undertook to start building its own police stations, effectively taking over the function from the Department of Public Works. But this decision, according to the interim report, is unlawful.
The report says: "In the absence of a binding legal document or legislative amendment, the SAPS's actions were irregular and contrary to legislative authority."
The SIU's investigation also found "indications that at least one member of a bid evaluation committee had undisclosed links to an entity that formed part of a successful bid. More widely, some bid evaluation committee members did not complete disclosure of interest forms."
Ndala said these figures were based on data analysis and were not yet conclusive as investigations were still continuing.
Efforts to get comment from the police were unsuccessful as police spokesman Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the department has decided not to respond at this stage.
The investigation covers the period January 1 2005 to August 10 2010.