Limpopo municipality in tender corruption scandal

The Blouberg municipality, west of Polokwane in Limpopo, is accused of awarding tenders worth millions of rands without following tender procedures.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), which is the opposition, alleges that the tenders were awarded to about ten companies without advertising or bidding.

The DA has taken the matter to the Office of the Public Protector. The municipality has also suspended two officials as investigations are ongoing.

DA caucus leader, Minkie Tjumana has accused the Blouberg Municipality of corruption in the awarding of tenders.

Tjumana says that the municipality has awarded tenders to ten companies without advertising nor bidding, in contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

“The DA has already filed a complaint with the office of the public protector. More than 10 tenders were awarded to various service providers without complying with Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management act. There are some tenders which were awarded without being advertised and also there were tenders which were awarded with expired tax clearance.”

The municipality says it is aware of the allegations and investigations are ongoing.

Spokesperson Peter Moruthane says that two employees have been suspended for not cooperating with the investigations.

“At the moment, there are two employees who are currently on suspension due to non cooperation during the investigation. Those particular two have been suspended so that the investigations can continue without any challenges.”

Moruthane says their investigations will reveal if anyone was involved in awarding tenders irregularly.

“There are some irregularities, which we have found in relation to some of the projects which, as the municipality, we ran in the year 2015/16 and as a result, as the municipality, we have investigations which are taking place to find out actually what happened and also to find out the individual role of personnel; what is it that they have done in relation to such projects which were irregularly awarded.”

The directors of Technical and Corporate Services remain suspended while investigations are continuing.

Source: SABC