Chair of SABC inquiry accused of asking for bribe – Report

Chair of the ad-hoc committee investigating whether the SABC board is fit to hold office, Vincent Smith, is accused of asking for a bribe to lend a businessman “political support” for a tender, City Press reported.

It reported that Geoff Greyling, CEO of SA Security Solutions & Technology, accused Smith in a sworn statement, saying he asked for a down payment of £10,500 (R170,000) to be paid into his daughter’s university account.

Smith’s daughter reportedly attends Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom.

After the “good faith” payment was made, another R5 million was meant to be paid throughout the tender – which the newspaper reported was awarded by the Department of Correctional Services and was worth R400 million.

Greyling allegedly wrote to Treasury regarding his claims, submitting a document with the account details of the university and the student number which he said Smith gave him in July 2015.

Smith denied the claims, saying that Greyling was trying to deflect attention from his court battles involving irregularities in the way the tender was awarded.

He said he did not know what political support a member of parliament could provide, as tender adjudication was an internal departmental matter.

Smith said it was easy to prove whether any deposits were made into his daughter’s account.

Greyling has laid criminal charges against Smith, and the Hawks confirmed to City Press they are being investigated.

The full report is in the City Press of 19 February 2017.

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