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NKULULEKO NCANA THE South African Post Office is investigating allegations of bribery and corruption levelled against its security and investigations general manager, Patrick Ngomane.
Sunday World can reveal that Ngomane whose position entails providing security to post office buildings and investigating corruption in the organisation is alleged to have received kickbacks of between R400 000 and R500 000 from a security company that was awarded a contract by the post office.
This information is contained in an affidavit by Stephen Dube, the chairman of the South African Black Security Association.
The post office has been in possession of the affidavit since February and is yet to act. The South African Post Office can confirm that it received an affidavit from Stephen Dube wherein certain allegations were made. These allegations are currently being investigated, said spokesman Khulani Qoma.
In his affidavit, Dube says he was contacted by Ngomane in May last year to assist him in a matter
related to security work with the South African Post Office”.
Dube was asked to attend a meeting between June and July last year at the Sandton Protea Hotel to assist in resolving differences between Ngomane and Kyalami Security owner Frank Mothapo.
Dube says that at the meeting, the following was confirmed by both parties:
Ngomane would secure the security contract with Kyalami Security for the post office for a certain duration.
Mothapo paid Ngomane in increments according to work supplied by the post office to Kyalami Security, with Ngomane further requesting an additional 5%.
Ngomane and Mothapo confirmed the monthly payments to Ngomane.
Mothapo confirmed to Ngomane that he made payments of between R400 000 and R500 000 in five to six transactions via cheque payments between 2010 and 2011.
Ngomane and some of his team members are suspected of possible corruption when other service providers were got preference than other security providers (sic),” Dube says in his affidavit.
It is alleged that Ngomane has been manipulating security tenders and that he had a hostile approach” to members of the South African Black Security Association, with the alleged aim of securing bribes.
Ngomane said he was not aware of the affidavit and only knew of two letters from Dube.
At no stage did the three of us meet to discuss money. Dube in fact wanted me to assist him in preparing a proposal based on evaluation criteria of a contract and I refused. In an affidavit I produced, I indicated his failure to influence me,” he said