ANC in KZN joins Cosatu call to scrap tender system

2012-02-13 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal wants the tender system to be scrapped.

This was one of the decisions taken at its three-day lekgotla in Dundee at the weekend.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said it was unanimously agreed that the government must do away with tenders.

Instead of contracting private companies to do the work through the corruption-ridden tender system, the state should have the necessary capacity to do the work.

The lekgotlas are held at the beginning of the year by the ruling party. They are forums where members of the ANC’s provincial executive committee, regional executive committees, youth and women’s leagues and alliance partners in the province meet to discuss the ANC’s programme for the year ahead.

The call to scrap tenders comes amid the latest findings by the Manase forensic investigation that lifted a lid on alleged corruption within the country’s second biggest municipality, the eThekwini Metro.

“It was agreed that the government must review the tender system and instead improve its capacity to do work like building roads and other infrastructure.

“The meeting was consensual that the tender system must go,” Zikalala said

The SA Communist Party (SACP) and Cosatu had been at the forefront in the call for the abolishment of the tender system.

On the Manase report, Zikalala said it was agreed that all recommendations made in the report, including the internal disciplinary processes against those implicated, must be implemented.

“A decision was also taken that a council committee must be established to investigate allegations against certain councillors.

“The committee will finalise its work within one week and the ANC will act [on the councillors] once that process has been completed.”

Cosatu’s provincial secretary, Zet Luzipo, welcomed the ANC’s view on the tender system.

“Cosatu was the first to call for the scrapping of the tender system as it not only undermines the state’s capacity, but also contributes nothing towards service delivery,” Luzipo said.

This was echoed by the SACP’s provincial secretary, Themba Mthembu.

“The tender system is corrupting the government and the ANC can count on our support for the system to be scrapped …”

The meeting was opened by provincial ANC chairperson and premier Zweli Mkhize, who reportedly emphasised a need for unity and discipline within the ruling party.

The meeting decided that all KZN’s outstanding ANC regional conferences — eThekwini, Moses Mabhida Greater KwaDukuza and Okhahlamba regions — must be held before the end of March.

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