Johannesburg - The state information and technology agency (Sita) has defended its decision to award former provincial top cop Mzwandile Petros' company a R10 million deal to recover three stolen laptops, the Sunday Times reported.
“The minister (then Lindiwe Sisulu), the chairperson and I took a decision to appoint the company - even though it wasn't on our database or had a track record - because we needed someone with experience in the police - someone who can link the information quickly and someone we can trust,” Sita chief executive Freeman Nomvalo told the newspaper.
“You must understand that the burglary wasn't a pure crime. It was done by highly trained people,” he said.
iFirm, the company belonging to Petros - the former Gauteng police commissioner - was hired in March to investigate a burglary at the Sita offices in Centurion that had taken place on February 28 in which three laptops were stolen.
Soon after being awarded the deal - the company was then paid R3 million - before it had even obtained a VAT number.