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06 Feb 2009 07:14
Controversial facilities management group Bosasa lavished flights and luxury hotel stays on former prisons boss Linda Mti—while it landed prisons contracts worth more than R1-billion.
The mutually beneficial relationship between Bosasa and Mti, now head of security for the 2010 Local Organising Committee, is laid bare by travel records in the Mail & Guardian‘s possession.
They show that Bosasa:
Mti left correctional services under a cloud of suspicion in 2006 after Beeld revealed that Bosasa’s company secretary, Tony Perry, had registered a private company for him.
Bosasa’s travel records show that:
A day later Bosasa paid for Mti’s son, Vukani, to fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a return ticket.
Njenje told the M&G he was Bosasa’s founding non-executive chairman before being headhunted by the NIA. While in the NIA’s employ his travels to Port Elizabeth were covered by Bosasa twice—on June 10 and July 28 2005.
He told the M&G he saw no problem with Bosasa paying for his travel while he was a state employee. ‘I was headhunted into a government position while active as a businessman with various interests. All I needed to do to comply with the employment conditions was to resign as an executive director from the companies,” he said.
‘My shareholding and all benefits accruing were a matter of declaring and that I did as required. Some of the companies I was a shareholder in had or have relations with Bosasa. My private travel expenses would be one of the benefits that accrued to all the shareholders of the companies I am referring to.
‘So, as it were, it was not a matter of Bosasa ‘sponsoring’ my travels, but an arrangement between companies.”
The M&G received three calls this week from ‘concerned Bosasa employees” who said they were afraid the M&G‘s reporting about their employer would cost them their jobs.
Two threatened to organise a protest march on the M&G‘s office, accusing the paper of being ‘racist” and printing ‘untruths”.
‘Who will look after my children if I don’t have a job anymore?” an employee from the East Rand said.
Bosasa spokesperson Papa Leshabane did not return the M&G‘s calls on the matter.
Here’s the proof
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