ICE CUBES SPECIAL TENDER
Aofficer with the correctional services is alleged to have secured exclusive rights to sell ice cubes to the controversial correctional staff canteens, whose books of accounts are not known to officers, as no AGM or any form of auditing on the canteen.
The newly promoted senior Correctional officer is conflicted as that amounts to conflict of interest as he is a government employee and directly responsible for the institution by virtue of his position.
The newly promoted officer is alleged to have secured the unadvertised tender.
A reliable source within the correctional department said the officer’s act of disobedience is known and now that he has been elevated to a senior position the canteen business is now in the hands of the family. It is alleged the officer is a close relative of the most senior officer within the correctional services.
The correctional staff canteen has to be an enriching entity for a selected few, now has been added with new beneficiaries with the newly promoted officer. The officer is said to have climbed the ranks within the shortest time to the most senior position. The officer is alleged to have benefited from the relationship with another high ranking officer within the correctional department.
The young flamboyant officer known to this publication has reached the second last position within the department.
He is known for his flashy cars which he uses when he delivers the ice cubes to the different canteens. It is alleged he is always in the company of his friends, is drink and showing off to his colleagues due to the close relationship with the most senior officer.
The officer is said to have bought the ice cube production machinery and given a special tender top supply the canteens. The act is tantamount to corruption as the officer is employed by the same Correctional Services.
Sources within the correctional services said the continued disregard to the operations of the staff canteen to enrich the selected few officers, has seen all supervisors of the canteens being promoted.
It’s also alleged such officers are the envy of the other officers with their luxury cars, which shows they are benefiting from the returns of the staff canteen that doesn’t benefit all officers.
His Majesty Correctional Services Gugulethu Dlamini when asked on the allegation of the ice cube exclusive tender said from information she gathered from the manager of the canteens “there is no exclusive tender for that senior officer and the manager said the canteens have their own machinery that produce ice cubes. The manager also said where there are no machines the canteens has their own procurement procedures at canteen level”.
The saga of the canteen continues to be a sore point for many officers within the correctional department.
Many view the continued abuse of the canteen staff associations’ constitution by the chairperson who happens to be the commissioner general continues as unfair.
The officers said no one is able to confront the commissioner general given the massive powers he can exert to the officer who could confront him.