Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)

'R475m police deal with Telkom illegally extended'

By SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI Time of article published Mar 18, 2020

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Johannesburg - The police have come under fire from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts over the multimillion-rand contract it signed with Telkom several years ago.

Scopa said on Tuesday that since the contract was illegal after it lapsed seven years ago, it wanted answers on how the R475million deal was extended without being signed.

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole told Scopa an investigation was under way into the contract.

The police said this was a technology-related contract entered into between the police and Telkom.

Police chief financial officer Puleng Dimpane told Scopa that Telkom started complaining when it was not paid last April. “The investigation is still ongoing. The R475m contract is still undergoing a forensic investigation. We have not submitted anything for condonation,” said Dimpane.

The police found the contract had expired, yet Telkom was being paid, said Dimpane. She said there was no new contract after the old one expired.

Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said they would not allow the State to continue to pay Telkom for a contract that did not exist. He said as there was no contract, there had to have been a decision not to continue with it.

Hlengwa also wanted to know if the contract had been advertised and put out to tender. Scopa wanted monthly reports from the police on the matter.

The police were also roasted by Scopa over irregular expenditure of millions of rand. But DA MP Alf Lees said the police had get its house in order on the issue of irregular expenditure. The police promised they would deal with the matter.

Political Bureau

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