Urgent intervention is needed to rescue the imminent collapse of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).
Congress of the People is very much disturbed with the state of anarchy that the DCS finds itself in. The department is leaderless and the entire leadership is implicated in the Bosasa corruption scandal; the minister, deputy minister and senior DCS officials are all implicated.
The latest revelations against Minister Michael Masutha are extremely disturbing; it is now in the public eye that Masutha spent a weekend at the house of Bosasa owner, Gavin Watson, in the Eastern Cape, and also had a meeting with Watson discussing Bosasa contracts at DCS.
Angelo Agrizzi in his explosive evidence before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry implicated the Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla. He allegedly received bribes from Bosasa.
Agrizzi named and implicated more senior DCS officials who were on the payroll of Bosasa and made sure they keep the corrupt Bosasa contracts alive. To our dismay these officials are still at work and not suspended.
The integrity and character of the DCS is at stake. The minister, deputy minister and majority of the senior leadership are tainted; and can’t lead such a complex and sensitive Department with dignity.
COPE wants these leaders and officials to stand aside until the matter is resolved because the allegations against them are very serious
COPE calls upon President Ramaphosa to intervene and immediately suspend Minister Masutha, Deputy Minister Makwetla and all those implicated in the Bosasa corruption scandal.
Ramaphosa must appoint an interim DCS leadership. It can’t be business as usual. END-
Issued by the Secretary of Communications,
The Congress of the People (COPE)