Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Wednesday dismissed allegations that one of its officials had been involved in taking kickbacks from Bosasa Operations in order to oil the wheels for the group's companies to be awarded lucrative contracts in the department of correctional services (DCS).
This comes after former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi testified at the Zondo commission of inquiry on Wednesday that a former Popcru general secretary identified only as "Sbu", together with high-ranking officials from the department, were paid a R1 million bribe every month from 2007.
Their duty, according to Agrizzi, was to pressurise the then newly-appointed national commissioner, Vernie Petersen, to be obedient and cooperative to Bosasa demands. But Agrizzi said the amount was reduced to R700 000 after Bosasa lost the contract.
In a statement, Popcru said it does not recall any official by the name of Sbu, but said it wanted to get more details about the alleged union official who received kickbacks.
"We do not take these allegations lightly but want to categorically state that since its inception, there has never been any Popcru office-bearer by the name Sbu, nor Sibusiso or any other similar name. We are equally interested in getting clearer details around this person whom it is claimed represented Popcru as its general secretary," it said.
"If anything, these are fabricated falsehoods since at the said time it was widely known that Popcru was a critic of the direction the department was taking. To set the record straight, it was Popcru who at the time this meeting is purported to have taken place exposed the relationship between Bosasa, Phezulu Fencing and Sondolo IT. They all had a similar address."