South Africa’s Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko has earned himself some troubles after it was revealed that he paid his girlfriend over R30 million to provide services officials say they ought to have received without spending a dime.
Now, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party is set to lay a complaint against the Police Minister in terms of section 4 of the Executive Ethics Act.
It was yesterday that reports revealed that Nhleko’s girlfriend, Nomcebo Mthembu bagged more than R30 million for providing the services.
City Press reported that it obtained two documents detaling the cost breakdowns and series of email related to the over R30 million deal from officials in the police ministry.
As learnt, the documents disclosed that Mthembu’s nongovernmental organisation charged the police ministry more than R30.8 million for six month’s work.
Precisely, a ‘mass community implementation plan’ to produce ‘185,000 peer educators’ totalled R28.09 million and another, aimed at ‘producing 6,000 peer educators’ totalled R2.74 million.
Also, it was revealed that the Minister Nhleko’s ‘We Are One Humanity’ campaing against xenophobia, unduly enriched Indoni – Mthembu’s nongovernmental organisation -.
An official divulged that the Minister worked with his girlfriend and her team on the ‘We Are One Humanity’ proposal before it was submitted for consideration.
He later held a press conference where he launched the campaign and announced his girls’ organization the service providers before the matter went out to tender, the anonymous official further divulged.
With the foregoing, DA contended that the Police Minister is in breach of the duties assigned to him by the Executive Ethics Code. The party stipulated that Section 2 of the Executive Ethics Act forbids:
“Cabinet members, Deputy Ministers and MECs from…exposing themselves to any situation involving the risk of a conflict between their official responsibilities and their private interests; (iv) using their position or any information entrusted to them, to enrich themselves or improperly benefit any other person; and (v) acting in a way that may compromise the credibility or integrity of their office or of the government.”
As such, DA indicated that the complaint will be laid with the Public Protector.