R50k bill for ‘hotel sweet hotel’ stays
Between June 2005 and May 2014, facilities management company Bosasa allegedly paid more than R50,000 for former correctional services boss Linda Mti to stay in top-end hotels in East London and Komani.
Mti is alleged to have accepted the accommodation in return for lucrative tenders being given to Bosasa.
That is according to the draft charge sheet, which has been seen by the Dispatch.
However, Mti told the Dispatch on Monday the relevant authorities “have not had the decency of giving the said charge sheet to my lawyer”.
Mti, 65, handed himself over on Thursday over allegations of corruption at Bosasa. He was later granted bail of R20‚000 in the specialised commercial crimes court in Pretoria.
The draft charge sheet alleges Mti scored almost R1m in benefits – including flights and rental cars. He is also accused of accepting R119,769 in cash deposits between March 2004 and December 2007.
The state alleges he channelled more than R1.6bn in contracts to Bosasa.
While Mti favoured The Paxton Hotel in Port Elizabeth, where his alleged total bill in a decade amounted to R73,975, he also frequented East London’s Hemingways Hotel.
According to the draft charge sheet, the billing for Mti was as follows:
June 15 2005: Hemingways Hotel, R6,446;
March 28 2006: Hemingways Hotel, R6,208;
October 31 2006: Hemingways Hotel, R2,135;
December 29 2006: Hemingways Hotel, R2,312;
January 31 2007: Hemingways Hotel, R5,929;
April 12 2012: Hemingways Hotel, R5,406;
January 23 2013: Garden Court East London, R3,142;
April 22 2013: Hemingways Hotel, R9,068;
November 25 2013: Southern Sun Hemingways: R1,870.85;
November 28 2013: Queens Hotel&Casino (Komani), R1,346;
March 27 2014: Southern Sun Hemingways, R1,875.45; and
May 27 2014: Hemingways Hotel, R5,212, 41.
Benefits relating to tenders for television installation, catering, prison staff training, surveillance cameras and fencing at the country’s prisons are being scrutinised by the state.
Mti also stands accused of failing to comply with the correctional services department’s procurement processes.
In a WhatsApp message to the Dispatch, Mti responded: “The matter contained in your charge sheet will be responded to in the court of the land when that time comes. The trial by media on these allegations have been [sic] with me for more than 12 years, if not more.”
The Dispatch left a message for Mti’s lawyer, SW van der Merwe, but he had not called back at the time of writing...