Daily Archives: February 9, 2018

Police Minister speaks on Phahlane’s case

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has noted the charges by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against former acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane.

On Thursday, Phahlane and his wife — who is also a South African Police Service (SAPS) member, Beauty Phahlane — appeared before the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Court.

Phahlane is accused of fraud and corruption for allegedly taking kickbacks to secure police tenders for a company during his tenure as head of the police’s forensics division.

They face six counts of corruption and fraud for allegedly accepting gratifications, discounts and motor vehicles from the third accused, Durandt Snyman, a car dealership owner from Pretoria East.

The Phahlanes, according to the charge sheets, were in possession of six cars between 2011 and 2017, which were alleged to be have been bought from or sponsored by Snyman.

The State is alleging that Phahlane received them as kickbacks for securing tenders when he was heading the Police Forensic Division.

The couple and Snyman were granted R10 000 bail each and the matter was postponed to 12 March.

In a statement, Minister Mbalula said the recommendation for Phahlane to step aside from his duties was meant to give the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) space to do its work without any interference.

At this point, we now are obligated to allow the court process to go ahead without any hindrance and for justice to be done. As a Ministry, we shall not be offering commentary that could be seen prejudicial in the matter as it continues in court, said Minister Mbalula.

The Minister said SAPS is obligated to offer assistance to IPID in the conduct of its lawful constitutional mandate.

Source: South African Government News Agency

CSD official placed on suspension

An official that demanded payments for assisting a supplier to be registered on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) has been placed on suspension, said National Treasury.

This after the incident was reported on social media platforms.

The implicated individual is employed by a service provider for the National Treasury that is contracted to manage and run the Gauteng walk-in centre of the CSD. The individual has since been suspended. The National Treasury and the service provider have taken necessary steps to ensure that the individual is prohibited from ever working for the CSD, said Treasury on Thursday.

Launched in September 2015, the CSD was introduced to simplify the process of doing business with government, as well as making the procurement processes fair, equitable, transparent and competitive.

We reaffirm that we are prepared to take part in any steps to ensure that the individual’s conduct is decisively dealt with through a thorough investigation by the contractor, and welcome a dismissal if any wrongdoing is found on their part.

Staff and contractors are briefed by the National Treasury on a number of occasions in respect to accepting gifts, money and informal contact with suppliers.

The National Treasury and all other organs of State provide client support services free of charge and we condemn any corrupt activities conducted by any official or contractor.

We thank the community for bringing this matter to our attention and we further encourage the society to alert us of any incidents of this nature if they re-occur, said Treasury.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Gauteng Health appoints new HOD

Professor Mkhululi Lukhele has taken over the reins as the Head of the Gauteng Health Department with immediate effect following his appointment on Thursday.

Professor Lukhele has worked as Head of Orthopaedics at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and has recently completed his term as the Head of the Wits School of Clinical Medicine.

The new head is also a convener of a high-level intervention team that was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi late last year to coordinate a recovery plan for the department.

Lukhele’s appointment follows the end of the post-retirement appointment of Dr Ernest Kenoshi on Tuesday.

Dr Kenoshi’s career spanned two decades, with his recent work being the leadership he provided in assisting the department to deal with the Life Esidimeni tragedy. He also led the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, which is known as one of the best hospitals in the country.

As a department, we are grateful for his service and amazing commitment in imparting skills and dedication in improving the quality of healthcare in the province. We wish him well in all his future endeavours, said Health MEC Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.

Senior posts filled

In addition to the appointment of the departmental head, several managerial positions, such as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Director for Legal Services have been filled.

Kabelo Lehloenya has been appointed the Chief Financial Officer as of 1 February 2018. Prior to her appointment, Lehloenya, who is a Chartered Accountant, held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer for a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed entity.

In addition to that, Advocate Mpelegeng Lebeloane has been appointed Chief Director: Legal Services, moving from her previous position of Chief of Staff in the MEC’s office.

Advocate Lebeloane is no stranger to the public service. Prior to her appointment, she worked for the Department of Water and Sanitation as the Director in Legal Services Department.

The department has also prioritised the filling of the Chief Executive Officer’s positions in the following hospitals: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Kalafong Tertiary Hospital as well as the position for the Chief Director for Ekurhuleni District Health Services.

According to the department, 1 084 doctors, 715 professional nurses, 286 assistant nurses, and 164 staff nurses have been appointed since the beginning of the current financial year.

I believe these new appointments will go a long in ensuring the quality of health service throughout the department in both clinical and non-clinical services. They will also assist us to tighten our financial controls as well as restoring the integrity of the department in observing high professional standards, said MEC Ramokgopa.

The MEC said the appointments form part of the department’s efforts to strengthen leadership and administration capabilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

An off-duty police officer recovers a hijacked truck and cargo worth millions of rands

On Thursday , An off-duty police officer responded to the call of duty and swiftly acted on information that led to the recovery of a hijacked truck, trailor and goods worth about R5 million. A police officer from Benoni Flying Squad received information about a truck that was allegedly hijacked driving pass Gray Avenue in Alberton. The member acted swiftly and proceeded to the area where he spotted the truck fitted with the Kwa-Zulu Natal registration number.

With the assistance of the community and patrollers, the police managed to apprehend the driver who tried to evade arrest by running away. Further information led the police to N12 Xavier Off Ramp where they recovered a trailor with two containers taken from the truck that was hijacked, already fitted with false registration numbers.

The owner of the truck identified the cargo worth millions of rands still on the containers. The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe De Lange, commends the community for working together with the police in the fight against crime and also commend the police, particularly the off duty police officer, for their swift response that led to the arrest of the suspect and recovery of the hijacked truck, trailor and containers..

The arrested suspect will be charged with possession of hijacked truck and will appear at Alberton Magistrate Court in due course.

Source: South African Police Service