DAFF hands over the investigations in the fisheries branch to
6 Sep 2012
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has
officially handed its investigation into suspected financial
and procurement irregularities, maladministration, and
corruption in the Fisheries Branch of the department to the
South African Police Services (SAPS).
"The investigation is effectively out of the hands of the
department and the Minister. Once complete, the SAPS will
advise the department on appropriate actions to be taken,"
the acting director general, Sipho Ntombela confirmed.
In March 2012, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries, initiated a forensic investigation into the award
and multiple extensions of the vessel management function to
a shipping management company. Essentially the investigation
had to establish whether there were irregularities in the
past tenders and management thereof awarded to the company
and to its business associates. Smit Amandla Marine has been
providing the vessel management function to Government for
the past 10 to 12 years.
The investigation mentioned above has reached a critical
stage and the department has thus decided to hand it over to
the SAPS for finalisation.
"The initial investigation was carried out by a reputable
forensic firm that uncovered that there are possible cases of
corruption in the Fisheries branch. The investigation by the
SAPS is a culmination of this process", Ntombela concludes.
Below please find a timeline of the events leading up to the
handing over of the case to the SAPS:
2000 to 2005: The Department of Environmental Affairs and
Tourism awards Smit Amandla Marine a tender for five years
2005 to 2010: The contact is extended for another five
years, no tender process
2010: Contract is extended for a year
2011: Contract is extended for a year
March 2012: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries initiates investigation into the matter
August 2012: Initial findings reveal possible
irregularities in procurement, financial management and