Zuma’s son, the Hawks raid, and the R54-million bribe

The Sunday Times has reported that President Jacob Zuma’s son is involved in Altron subsidiary Altech UEC, which was recently raided by the Hawks.

13 companies were raided as part of an investigation by the Competition Commission into collusion relating to a R5-billion digital TV set-top box tender.

According to the report, Zuma’s son Mxolisi was offered a R54-million bribe to influence the government contract.

The Hawks’ search-and-seizure raids followed the Competition Commission’s investigation, and involved the companies listed below.

  1. Altech
  2. Veltronix
  3. Tellumat
  4. QEC
  5. Worldtel
  6. Altron Altech
  7. Grand Tellumat Manufacturing
  8. Altech Multimedia
  9. “Named Skills Development Institute”
  10. “Named Western Cape”
  11. Namec NPO
  12. Equitron
  13. African Digital Solutions

STB collusion

In August, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Marian Shinn called on Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo to publicly release the report arising from the investigations into the procurement of state-sponsored set-top boxes.

This followed a Sunday Times report about attempts by Zuma’s son to influence the tender process in favour of Altech UEC.

“This will reveal where the corruption in the process was identified in the R1-billion first phase of the STB procurement process and prompt the relevant criminal investigations,” said Shinn.

Dlodlo’s predecessor Faith Muthambi requested National Treasury to investigate possible irregularities into the tender process for the assembly of 1.5 million STBs in 2015.

National Treasury commissioned PwC to investigate the process and its report was handed to Muthambi in 2016.

“Because the entity charged with implementing the STB process, USAASA, reports to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, neither department has taken action on the report’s findings, which claim major irregularities in the procurement process,” said Shinn.

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