An independent audit of all security contracts awarded since 2006, with a particular focus on Bosasa-related contracts, is expected to be completed within three months, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said yesterday.
He said the conduct of officials in the department’s security section and serious allegations of corruption revealed at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, necessitated the securing of the services of an audit and advisory firm, Sizwe Ntsaluba-Gobodo.
He said that by yesterday, an official in security management of the department was put on precautionary suspension following an internal forensic investigation implicating him in the irregular procurement of the services of Global Technology Solutions.
The minister said a senior official in security management has been served with a notice to explain why she should not be placed under precautionary suspension pending the outcome of the investigation into allegations of improper conduct.
This includes the delay in the procurement of surveillance and monitoring services, which has led to the department incurring irregular expenditure since October 2018.
“The secretary of the Zondo commission [Dr Khotso de Wee] has also been placed on special leave pending investigations into allegations of impropriety,” Masutha said.