Western Cape ANC turns to Public Protector on DA tender

2012-05-19 18:37

The ANC in the Western Cape is expected to ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to turn up the heat against the DA even more in a report on a communications tender.

The ANC is set to criticise Madonsela – in a response to be submitted this week – for not looking more closely at the role played by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s special advisors, Ryan Coetzee and Gavin Davis, in the awarding of the multi-million rand communications tender.

In a provisional report, Madonsela said the tender issued by Zille’s office to TBWA / Hunt Lascaris was “invalid” and should be cancelled.

Although Madonsela found Zille was not involved in the awarding of the tender, she said that the inclusion of Coetzee and Davis was unlawful and in violation of the Constitution.

But the Public Protector said she didn’t find any evidence to suggest that the two (Coetzee and Davis) had tried to influence the process under discussion.

Zille’s office submitted its response to the report last week, saying it had done nothing illegal and that it was impossible to cancel the contract now.

An ANC source with some knowledge of the party’s complaint to Madonsela said they found the provisional report “riddled with contradictions”, while Madonsela’s “failure to pronounce on action to be taken against the political advisors who played an integral part in the fiasco is mind-boggling”.

The ANC is also unhappy that Madonsela did not mention the possible relationship between party officials and TBWA.

Zille expressed concern over the leaking of the provisional report and also raised the issue at a meeting with Madonsela on Thursday.

DA provincial communications head Nick Clelland-Stokes said both sides had agreed that the leaking of the report was “problematic”.

“Both sides expressed concerns about the leaking of the draft report and agreed it has compromised fair and due process,” he said.

The final report is set to be released soon.


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