Note to editors: This is a correction of the statement issued earlier. The following statement has been issued by the DA Spokesperson on immigration Jacques Julius MP.
The Democratic Alliance can reveal that in 2005, Bosasa received a R1 billion contract to manage the Lindela Repatriation facility which houses detained illegal immigrants. This contract was renewed for a further five-year period for an additional R500 million.
This was confirmed in a reply to a DA Parliamentary Question from the Department of Home Affairs.
Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson came into the spotlight last year when DA Leader Mmusi Maimane forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to disclose a dodgy R500 000 donation to his campaign to become ANC President through his son, Andile Ramaphosa.
Furthermore, an affidavit by an auditor of the South African Revenue Service, Petrus Stephanus Venter, includes allegations and supporting documentation showing that Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson built two residential houses for his children and had the costs unlawfully recorded as purchases related to the renovation of the Lindela Repatriation Facility.
Bosasa has benefitted from massive government contracts and its CEO has apparently unlawfully benefitted himself from funds earmarked for a critical national function within our immigration system.
The cost of this Bosasa looting has been paid by immigrants detained in inhumane and undignified conditions at Lindela.
The DA will continue to draw attention to the true cost of decades of ANC corruption – human lives, human dignity and human rights.
In light of the revelations about the conduct of Mr Watson in relation to state resources, as well as the explosive testimony by former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi, before the Zondo Commission, the government must immediately give instructions for the Bosasa contract to be cancelled, that all funds already paid be recovered, and that all Bosasa contracts be advertised for new bids in a transparent, public process.
The failure of the President to ensure that swift action is taken will prove what the DA has always maintained – the ANC of Ramaphosa is no different to that of Zuma. A vote for the ANC is a mere replacement of the Guptas with the Watsons