Call for probe of Health Dept security tender

2014-07-01 00:00

THE Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has called on the provincial Department of Health to tighten its procurement processes.

The federation said it was informed by one of its affiliates — the Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union (PTAWU) — of procurement irregularities in appointing a service provider.

It claimed that the department erroneously awarded a tender to a security company, Ilanga Security Services.

“This tender should not have been awarded to Ilanga Security Services due to the fact that they are not compliant in terms of the Private Sector Security Provident Fund (PSSPF).”

Ilanga Security however, denied this.

Fedusa general secretary Dennis George said they had brought the matter to the attention of MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Ilanga Security Services manager Shameel Ally said they were not aware of the allegations. “A provident fund is a must in the security industry … and we are fully compliant.”

He said the allegations sounded like sour grapes from competitors who were not awarded the work.

“Anybody can make any allegations but they need to produce the proof that what they are saying is true.” He said those who feel there are irregularities should approach the department to investigate.

Ally said that just last month they had paid over R500 000 to the provident fund.

The department did not respond to a request for comment.

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