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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

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