Madonsela to investigate EC toilet tender - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would investigate the handing of a tender to an alleged government connected contractor for the building of toilets in the Eastern Cape.

In a statement, party Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, said that the R631-million tender for the construction of 66 000 toilets, was awarded by the Amathole District Municipality to the Siyenza Group at the end of February, with the firm reportedly having links to President Jacob Zuma, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Maimane also claimed that neither the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission nor the Construction Industry Development Board has any record of Siyenza being registered, and that the transaction was confirmed by Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in August last year.

“This scandal is yet another example of an abuse of citizen’s money by the ANC in order to the benefit and enrich the political elite and those close to them, while the most vulnerable of our citizens go without basic services or are made to live with substandard services,” said Maimane.

He also added that a response from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Fikile Xasa, revealed that an additional R114-million had been paid to Siyenza from September, with only 5 000 toilets having so far been built

“This is highly irregular considering that the contract between Siyenza, Amathole District Municipality and the DBSA was only signed in November last year with little construction taking place before January 2015. Siyenza was also introduced as the contractor to a group of stakeholders in September, months before their actual appointment.

“Corruption is a crime of the worst kind, especially when it affects the poorest and most vulnerable of our people to the extent of denying citizens access to quality service delivery,” he said, adding that he plans on visiting the area next week.


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