Sunday Times

Min­is­ter guns for CEO’s fir­ing

- NDIVHUHO MAFELA and MAR­CIA KLEIN

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Min­is­ter Ivy Mat­sepeCasabu­rri will ask the Post Of­fice board to­mor­row to fire em­bat­tled Post Of­fice CEO Khutso Mam­peule.

Mam­peule will at­tend the meet­ing af­ter get­ting a court or­der al­low­ing him to pe­ruse an in­crim­i­nat­ing foren­sic re­port into the af­fairs of the Post Of­fice, pre­pared by au­di­tors SizweNt­saluba.

The min­is­ter is un­happy about de­ci­sions Mam­peule made with re­gard to Post­sure, which sells in­surance through the Post Of­fice, some as­pects re­lat­ing to a con­tract he can­celled, and the SA Post Of­fice’s (Sapo) lit­i­ga­tion against for­mer CEO Maanda Many­at­she.

Many­at­she is claim­ing R125-mil­lion in dam­ages from the Post Of­fice af­ter he left his job at MTN to fo­cus on clear­ing his name.

Pre­to­ria foren­sic auditor Bart Hen­der­son, mean­while, has lodged a com­plaint, Case No 1123/04/2007, with the po­lice against Mam­peule, cit­ing fraud, per­jury and de­feat­ing and ob­struct­ing the course of jus­tice.

Mam­peule is ac­cused of com­mit­ting fraud in that he “he mis­rep­re­sented this author­ity and in do­ing so prej­u­diced the post of­fice, Maanda Many­at­she and a com­pany called Vi­sion De­sign House”.

Se­condly, he is ac­cused of per­jury in that he “un­law­fully and in­ten­tion­ally made false state­ments in the course of a ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ing … af­fect­ing the out­come of a ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ing, mainly a High Court ap­pli­ca­tion by Many­at­she, to pre­vent the Mail & Guardian from print­ing a defam­a­tory ar­ti­cle about him”.

The case will be re­ferred to the prose­cu­tor at the Pre­to­ria Spe­cial Com­mer­cial Crimes Court some­time this week for a de­ci­sion on whether to pros­e­cute.

Hen­der­son told the Sun­day Times that a num­ber of peo­ple were pre­par­ing their own af­fi­davits and have agreed to hand them to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer this week.

They are: Maanda Many­at­she; Joseph Yn­clan, di­rec­tor of Vi­sion De­sign; Mandla Msi­mang, CEO of Vi­sion De­sign; Ge­of­frey Mabote for­mer Post Of­fice ex­ec­u­tive and Fran­cis Mata­bane, the Post Of­fice’s group ex­ec­u­tive of trans­for­ma­tion.

Mam­peule said on Fri­day he had no knowl­edge of the com­plaint.

Pa­pers which are un­der­stood to form part of the SizweNt­saluba re­port show that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mam­peule and the min­is­ter was strained.

Sup­port­ing doc­u­ments show that Mam­peule had con­sulted his board on in­sti­tut­ing a civil claim against Many­at­she, but there is no men­tion of whether he had con­sulted them on the crim­i­nal case.

The depart­ment said the con­tract deal­ing with Mam­peule’s se­cu­rity “re­flects a de­vi­a­tion from ten­der pro­ce­dures”.

Ac­cord­ing to the pa­pers, a mem­ber of Sapo’s spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit re­quested a de­vi­a­tion from the nor­mal ten­der process be­cause the CEO had re­ceived death threats.

 ??  ?? UN­DER FIRE: Post Of­fice CEO Khutso Mam­peule
UN­DER FIRE: Post Of­fice CEO Khutso Mam­peule

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