Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Kgosi sticks middle finger at DPP, NPF

Leaked documents have revealed that former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services Director General, Isaac Kgosi ignored the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) investigations on his contract with Dignia Systems and went ahead with the controversial deal.

Months after the DPP charged Bakang Seretse and his co accused following their role in the procurement deal with Dignia Systems, the DISS boss continued paving the way for the deal with the Israeli company. Sunday Standard investigations have revealed that the DIS Director General sent his agents on a Dignia systems VIP Protection Course-Basic in February 2018 and VIP Protection Course ÔÇôCommanders on March 2018, months after the DPP had registered a case with the magistrate court against Bakang Seretse and his co accused for their part in the controversial deal.

Documents passed to the Sunday Standard have further revealed that the site survey for special force and screening of the DIS officers who were supposed to undergo training as part of the agreement was done on 30 April 2018; five months after the DPP had registered a money laundering case which raised questions about the intergrity of the deal.

This was also months after the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals energy had warned the DPP boss that diverting the National Petroleum fund money towards DISS procurement was illegal. It was only after kgosi was fired that the new DISS boss brig peter Magosi terminated the other items on the contract.

Among billed items that have been stopped by Magosi was “On the Job Training (OJT) of DISS officers in Israel.  The SUV platform support and training done from the day the contract was signed was only stopped after Brig Magosi was appointed DISS Director General. Magosi also stopped the planned Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) training which was listed under the contract.

The documents reveal that purchasing of military equipment started on December 2017 and approximately 80 percent of the military equipment has already been supplied.

Leaked documents further revealed that Israel security firm-Dignia Systems which was contracted by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) sent a bill of items to the spy agency through Khulaco even before the military and training contract was signed. The documents show which deliveries the company had made on the contract and which are yet to be delivered. According to an invoice from Dignia Systems dated 7th November 2017, the Israel company sent an invoice to Khulaco Management Services Pty Ltd, two days before the contract was signed. The contract was signed by Kgosi on behalf of the spy agency on 9th November 2017 and acting Finance Director of DIS Sehularo Khunou was the witness. Dignia vice president, Mordechi Barashi signed on behalf on his company. Khulaco under Bakang Seretse was the company contracted by DIS to manage the funds that were diverted from the National Petroleum Funds (NPF) on its behalf.

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