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Bosasa received R200m to install TVs in prisons, inquiry told

Denis Bloem says the department took a decision to outsource security and catering services to Bosasa, even though the committee advised against the move.

A screengrab of Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem is appearing at the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture on 1 February 2019.

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Dennis Bloem has described how tenders given to Bosasa by the Department of Correctional Services amounted to what he calls “money laundering schemes”.

Bloem, who served as the chairperson of the portfolio committee on correctional services, testified at the state capture commission on Friday.

He's revealed that the department took a decision to outsource security and catering services to Bosasa, even though the committee advised against the move.

Meanwhile, the _Mail & Guardian _reported on Friday that the facilities management company enjoyed R12 billion in government contracts.

Bloem shocked Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo when he revealed that over R200 million was paid to Bosasa by the Correction Services Department for the company to install television sets at prisons across the country.

“We objected [to] this thing and asked why it was necessary to put televisions in prisons, even in single cells.”

He also spoke about a catering tender awarded to Bosasa where the company was meant to take over the kitchen and cook for inmates.

“This catering tender was just a money laundering scheme. The inmates were still cooking.”

The deputy chief justice says the commission must take steps to establish if this is still happening at the department.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)