Marine operations. (Photo: SMIT Amandla Marine)
SMIT Amandla Marine reponds to allegations of corruption
Friday, October 05, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
With reference to the media statement issued on 1 October and Tuesday´s subsequent press conference and media statement by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) concerning an investigation into procurement processes at the Department, SMIT Amandla Marine’s Director Sithembiso Mthethwa told FIS:
“We are astounded by today’s [2 October] substantially revised press statement by DAFF which materially waters down the allegations made about SMIT Amandla Marine in a statement issued by DAFF on Monday. Earlier claims against SMIT Amandla Marine by DAFF could obviously not be substantiated and appear to have been mischievously dismissed by the Department as preliminary findings on an internal investigation only.
“The lack of evidence confirms our conviction that the allegations made on Monday against SMIT Amandla Marine are false, outrageous and extremely damaging to this company, and we question the Department’s intent. Through our Attorneys, we have requested a copy of the preliminary report from the Department, so that we can respond.
“We regret that DAFF has not made any effort to verify facts despite numerous requests over the course of the past six months. We are seeking legal recourse and a formal process to defend SMIT Amandla Marine and to clear our name.”
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