DA requests HAWKS to investigate Letlaka Communications owner, Tumi Ntsele

Roy Jankielsohn MPL

DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature

I have approached the Organised Crime Unit of the SAPS in Bloemfontein, requesting them to investigate the possible contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities (PACCA) Act (No. 12 of 2004).

It was alleged in the media (Volksblad, 28/10/2013) that Free State MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Dan Kgothule,  indicated that Letlaka Media and its owner Mr Tumi Ntsele attempted to bribe him with a 30% share of his company in return for placing advertisements in newspapers owned by Letlaka Media.

Such contracts would presumably have been between the MEC Khothule’s department and Letlaka Media publications ‘The Weekly’ and ‘The Free State Times’. Such solicitation could be regarded as corruption in terms of the Act. This legislation also places an obligation on Mr Kgothule to report such a solicitation to the SAPS.

The relationship between Letlaka Madia and the Free State provincial government, specifically the office of the premier, have been subject of a great deal of controversy relating to various communications and printing contracts as well as the controversial provincial government website.

Contracts between Letlaka Media and the office of the premier were also subject of an investigation by national treasury. Letlaka were also beneficiaries of a dubious multi-million rand Free State Legislature contract that was agreed to by the former Secretary of the Legislature and later DG and MEC for Finance, Ms Elsabe Rockman.

Letlaka Media enjoy a monopoly over  very lucrative provincial government media and printing contracts. If Kgothule’s allegations are correct, then aspersions relating to other government contracts would gain additional legitimacy.

The DA has already submitted the question below in parliament:

Mr Darryl Worth MP to ask the Minister for Finance:

In view of the investigation undertaken by JGL Forensic services on behalf of National Treasury into the appointment of Letlaka Media Services by the Office of the Premier of the Free State province;

1.       whether any action was taken against any individuals implicated in flouting legislation with this appointment and the transversal contracts involved, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details;

2.       whether any further in-depth investigations have taken place to determine whether there may be any financial misconduct that could lead to criminal charges relating to any aspects of the appointment and transversal contracts, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

It is now necessary that a thorough investigation takes place into Letlaka Media and their relationship with senior politicians in the provincial government.