AfriForum PE takes Metro to High Court over Mandela Bay Stadium contract extension

JUNE 28, 2016

AfriForum Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning announced that it has made a High Court Application for the cancellation of what it calls "the irregular extension (by way of Deviation)" of a contract between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Access Management in November 2015. 

Access Facilities and Leisure Management is the current operator of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"As an outcome of the investigation  carried out, it has been discovered that Ratepayers monies have been channelled through Access Management to the EP Kings," explained Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA) Chairperson and AfriForum Vice Chairperson, Kobus Gerber, in a statement.

"The Metro had sufficient time (at least 18 months) in which to follow  proper Supply Chain procurement processes in order to appoint a stadium operator after the expiry of the existing contract with Access Management. 

"They failed to do so and by way of a deviation re-appointed Access Management for a further 12 month period on the 13th March 2015."

Gerber said that once again, after 27 months, the NMB Metro failed to follow the SCM procurement process to re-appoint a new Stadium Operator while Access contract expires on the 30th June 2016.

"The Metro and Access now have to answer to High Court today [Tuesday] giving reasons for not complying with the SCM processes while the Stadium can find themselves without a operator for Saturdays upcoming Super Rugby match against the Highlanders," he described.

"The Metro received 4 legal opinions in an attempt to side step following proper SCM procurement processes and thereby  keep Access on as stadium operator. It is clear that this would be for no reason other than to be able to channel irregular monies through Access to EP Rugby."