An anonymous whistleblower is alleged to have sent the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) National Head of Investigations, South Africa’s Special Investigations Unit and the country’s Hawks a letter requesting they “investigate corrupt activities in the national Department of Water and Sanitations”.
The stated corruption allegations include, among others, the department’s purchase of SAP software licenses to the tune of R 500 million (approximately $38 million). What makes this alleged corruption a scandal is that it is alleged, by the whistleblower that the department didn’t follow required procedures, they also already apparently had SAP licenses that could accommodate additional users, furthermore “the licenses for the water boards wereprocured without their consent or determining their need for such”. Lastly, the whistleblower alleges that SAP South Africa’s Managing Director, Mr. Lawrence Kandaswami, paid a kickback of R 35 million (approximately $2,6 million ) to one of the department’s “brokers” for the deal.
This revelation follows months of speculation and allegations that the Minister of Water Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, has a young male companion who is alleged to have been making and influencing decisions in her department despite not being employed by the department.
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