SACP Eastern Cape raises concern over R631 mil tender to ANC-linked company

MARCH 2, 2015

During a special Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting in Port Elizabeth, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape expressed concern about revelations over the weekend that a company with strong links in the African National Congress (ANC) may have unduly benefited from a R631 million tender in the Amathole District.

The meeting took place on the 28 February to 01 March.

“The PEC expressed its concern on the report as contained in the Daily Dispatch of 28 February 2015 about a tender reportedly initially awarded to 4 companies but later given to one company without following procurement processes," said SACP Eastern Cape provincial spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi in a statement.

Siyenza Group, which is owned by businessman Bongani Mpeluza and has strong links to a group of politically connected individuals including ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s wife Nolwandle Mantashewith and several high-ranking national ANC leaders - President Jacob Zuma’s son-in-law Lonwabo Sambudla; Mantashe’s son Buyambo Mantashe and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu’s son Boitumelo Itholeng, was awarded the tender worth R631-million to build about 66 000 toilets in villages by the Amathole district municipality. It has until June to finish the project.

“If these reports are true, it once again represent one of the bad example of how individual business people and relatives to leaders can wittingly or unwittingly use their proximity to leaders of the movement to have an unfair advantage compared to other business people.

“The other part of this concerning report which would constitute a gross injustice, is the possibilities of the millions secured in the name of the poor but used to buy luxury items without even constructing the toilets,” Mdodi said.

He said that this would be a direct assault on the resolve of the ANC led government to deliver basic services to people.

The PEC expressed its principled position against any misuse or abuse of public resources and call for law enforcement agencies to get closer to the reports and follow due processes for wrongs that might be found to have been committed.

“It is in this context that we retaliate the SACP 13th National Congress resolution on the de-tenderization of the state and building capacity of the state to deliver to the people.

“We believe that even in this instance local communities could have been the one that employed to build the toilets which would go a long way cushion the poverty stricken communities and save more resources from the limited resources,” said Mdodi.    

“We have also noted the growing intolerance of anti-corruption voices both within and outside our broad movement and yet corruption represents an immediate biggest threat to our collective progress.

“As the SACP, we vow not be intimidated as that would amount to the betrayal of the people as a whole.”

The special meeting was meant to see how the SACP can build a strong presence in the area.

“The PEC after having visited all sub-districts has satisfied itself with the state of the organization and subsequently put more measures in place to make our party stronger and focused,” Mdodi said.

The plan of the PEC will be executed over a period of time as challenges in the area are deeper and coordinated by forces who are determined to kill the SACP if they cannot use it for their business interests.

The PEC committed itself with the same determination to deal with these corrupt elements who want to destroy the democratic movement both within the party and outside.

At the same meeting the SACP paid tribute to the late Umhlobo Wenene FM DJ, Saba Mbixane, and welcomed the return of mortal remains of “the two martyrs and outstanding heroes of our struggle for national and social emancipation, Cde Moses Kotane and Cde J.B Marks from Moscow, Russia”.

The SACP in the province will in remembrance of the contribution of Cde Moses Kotane, former SACP General Secretary have a ‘Moses Kotane memorial lecture” in Cradock, Chris Hani Region. The details of the lecture will be communicated in due course.