By Anna Louw

A Gauteng provincial government report has uncovered a web of backhanded deals in the Ekurhuleni metro, with fingers pointing at former metro police chief Robert McBride, his former legal defence team and former city manager Patrick Flusk.

The report, by advocate Ratanang Nke and a special task team, has been handed to the Gauteng provincial government, and a copy was given to The Star on Wednesday.

The Star reported on Wednesday that McBride had been shortlisted by the Tshwane metro to take over as head of the city's metro police. McBride, who is on trial for drunk driving, was among five people to be considered for the job.

In its findings, the "Nke Report", an independent commission appointed by the Gauteng government, recommends that alleged irregularities by McBride, Roshan Dehal attorneys, Pasco Risk Management Services and Flusk be referred to a relevant law enforcement agency for further investigation.

In its recommendations, the report says: "It is our submission that in the majority of activities undertaken by Pasco in respect of their investigations, the amounts invoiced by Pasco to (Ekurhuleni) municipality would appear inflated.

"We received information from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, but has been confirmed by Sars, that there is a flow of funds from Pasco to Dehal to McBride and Flusk and/or third parties related to the investigations (allegedly generated by McBride)."

The report further says "90 percent of Pasco's revenue for the period 2005-2008 is alleged to have come from the Ekurhuleni metro", which amounted to millions of rands.