TAFELKOP – The Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA), an opposition in Sekhukhune District Municipality council, is calling for an investigation into the awarding of a R6.2 million VIP sanitation toilets project to a company whose name is known to the paper in Tafelkop, ward 27.
The BPSA alleged that the company which was awarded the project to erect 500 VIP toilets in the area was on the list of companies that were recently irregularly issued appointment letters for the district municipality’s COVID-19 emergency intervention projects worth the tune of R26 million.
According to the party, SDM informed that there was no advertisement for the tenders and the contractors were picked from the list of panelists.
Seun Mogotji, BPSA leader, said they wanted the South African Police Service to investigate the discrepancies and ‘obvious corrupt practices’ in the awarding of tenders in the SDM.
Mogotji claimed that a company suspected of having close links with top brass of the district municipality seemed to be benefiting more than others.
“Despite claims that there is a panel of contractors in place that ensures there is fairness in getting tenders, and that all companies get equal and fair chances, this particular company somehow managed to get two tenders, VIP Toilets for R6.2 million in Tafelkop and that of equipping of an existing borehole at Mahlokwena Village for the amount of R4.1 million in a space of 30 days while other candidates were not considered.
To top it all, this company is using the services of an engineer whose license expired in 2013. We trust that the SAPS will extend its mandate and look into this malpractice and shocking acts of corruption,” alleged Mogotji.
Willy Mosoma, SDM spokesperson, said as the district municipality they hasten to dismiss as malicious rumours that the company has captured SDM.
Mosoma said that was because the company had been legally appointed as one of SDM’s term contractors following an open process.
“Even the current R6.2 million tender for construction of 500 VIP sanitation toilets is legitimate. As for its shareholders’ relationship with MMC Mahlangu, SDM does not have a policy to regulate friendships among councilors, employees and service providers. And it is worth noting that our councilors don’t serve at procurement committees at all,” said Mosoma.
He added that briefly put, the company, like any other South African company, had been doing business at SDM long before the 4th council.
“And lastly, we can’t elaborate about the emergency intervention projects for COVID-19 as the matter is in court. The projects since 2015 to date totals R10 million, from only four projects, concluded Mosoma.