Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sicelo Maziya

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.

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