Gwanga "fabricated" employees for On-Points R50m contract bid – claim
LIMPOPO businessman Lesiba Gwangwa, a co-accused in Julius Malema’s corruption trial, fabricated employees to win a multi-million rand state tender, court papers claim.
The allegations are contained in a PriceWaterhouseCoopers forensic report compiled by the auditing firm’s director Trevor White and presented to a judge in a recent North Gauteng High court application by the Asset Forfeiture Unit to sieze property belonging to Gwangwa and On-Point.
The report – while spelling out details of more than R12m in payments to Malema, the former ANC Youth League leader – also paints a picture of the lengths that On-Point when to win a Limpopo Roads and Transport tender worth more than R50m.
The contract gave it immense control over official contracts in the province and lies at the heart of the criminal case against Malema, Gwangwa and others.
According to the forensic report, On-Point used resumes and the names of unsuspecting people who didn’t even work for the company in its 2009 bid to the Limpopo roads and transport department for the R52m project management unit tender.
“From an analysis…., it was immediately apparent that none of the ….. 12 executive, senior and management team members were employed by On-Point at the date on which the Technical Bid was prepared,” said White in his report.
“In addition I examined all of the other remaining CVs and none of them reflected their current employer as On-Point,” said White in the report.
One of the people allegedly reflected as an employee of On-Point, Rethabile Mphonyo, had actually been employed by the South African Reserve Bank since 2009.
The report said Mphonyo was a family relative of On-Point director Kagisho Dichabe and had given him her CV while she was unemployed.
Mphonyo gave an affidavit to the investigators in which she said: “He (Dichabe) told me that he was trying to establish something and he will get back to me if it materializes. He never got back to me and I assumed that his plans did not materialize.”
A number of other people listed as employees of On-Point in its bid told the investigators that they had never heard of the company prior to the media coverage of its controversies.
One of the people who supposedly worked for On-Point was Takazviona Sande, who works for Bigen Africa Services, and told investigators that his profile may have been taken from website Linkedin.
“Prior to this, I had never heard of a company with the name of On-Point Engineers. I am also not familiar with the owners of the said business entity,” said Sande in his affidavit.
Johan Jansen van Vuuren was, according the report, apparently listed as part of the senior management team but said he had never worked for the company.
He had discussions about the Limpopo bid with Gwangwa and Dichabe and said that he was only approached in February 2010 by On-Point to design access roads for three projects.
On-Point was awarded the tender in 2009 and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last year found it to have been irregularly awarded.
Gwanga and Dichaba did not respond to requests for comment.