Official signed R3b ‘unlawful’ licensing deal – report

2011-06-22 07:04

Gauteng transport head Benedicta Monama allegedly signed a R3-billion contract for driving licence centres, despite being cautioned by the provincial treasury that the deal was illegal, The Star reported today.

The treasury apparently told Monama in February to halt the awarding of the contract, and later advised her against appointing WestPoint Trading Enterprises 123 to manage and operate more driving licence testing centres in the province.

The treasury argued that the centres were not sustainable, and pointed out the poor management of cash and staff at the centres.

The centres were established to test cars’ roadworthiness and learner drivers’ ability.

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi – who was allegedly made aware of the deal on May 31 – told The Star last night that he would demand answers from her.

“I conferred with the MEC for finance on the matter. We both agreed that the said service level agreement was unlawful.

I have formally written to Monama informing her that I consider the agreement to be invalid and of nor force and effect,” he said.

“I also indicated to Monama that she was acting without the required authority or mandate to conclude the agreement.

The matter, together with the Auditor General’s report released recently, is currently under further investigation by my office.”

Monama told the daily: “I don’t want to respond to my boss in the media.”

The Star said it could not reach West Point’s managing director Zazi Dladla for comment.

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