Tender fraud, including corruption should be nipped in the bud wherever it manifest itself – MEC Lebogang Maile

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JOHANNESBURG- MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and COGTA Lebohang Maile has on Wednesday noted the growing calls to investigate the allegations of corruption and irregularities involving a multi-million rand security tender awarded to Bravo Span 90cc security company in Lesedi Municipality.

This comes after Africa News 24-7 broke the corruption story that involved Gugu Thimane, the Acting Municipal Manager at Lesedi Municipality, who is accused of flouting all supply chain regulations and the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) to manipulate a multi-million rand contract which was awarded without going out on tender.

“An explanation will be solicited to ascertain whether no impropriety or irregular act of conduct was done to favor a particular individual or company”, said MEC Maile.
According to MEC Maile, the municipality will be asked to respond in writing to these allegations and provide all relevant information pertaining to the awarding of the tender. If the allegations are indeed true, “heads must roll and those found to have acted improperly must face the brutal might of the law” warned Maile.
Maile further added that all municipalities in the province will be pursued to adopt the Open Tender System, that has proven to be useful in curbing corruption in various Provincial Government department’s.
“Tender fraud, including corruption should be nipped in the bud wherever it manifests itself. It is theft to the poor and a criminal offence”, continued MEC Maile.
MEC Maile said that municipalities across the province are expected to be transparent and prudent in the use of public funds, also ensuring that they do this in accordance with all applicable finance regulations as promulgated by the government.
“No public funds should be used to benefit certain individuals or entities through wrongful and unlawful means, at the expense of service delivery”.
“In terms of Section 106(1)(b) of the Local Government, Municipal Systems Act. No 32 of 2000, as amended, empowers the MEC to designate a person or persons to conduct an investigation if the MEC has reason to believe that maladministration, fraud, corruption or any other serious malpractice has occurred in a municipality in the province”.
We hope this matter will be resolved within a reasonable time, concluded MEC Maile.