‘Fleet supplier failed to deliver’

2010-06-10 00:00

ULUNDI Municipality has rejected claims that one of its top officials is under investigation for allegedly dismissing a fleet of vehicles bought for R11,8 million because he preferred another supplier whom he allegedly has ties with.

Ulundi acting municipal manager Jabulani Mhlongo said the 14 vehicles were rejected by the municipa­lity on the grounds that they were bought after the contract with the supplier had been terminated.

“On December 27 last year this company [name withheld] was awarded a contract to supply us with vehicles through our municipal supply chain management policy. They failed to deliver in the time they had set themselves. We extended the period, but they again failed to deliver. We had no choice but to terminate the contract as the Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA) dictates, and a letter was written to them to that effect.

“We were surprised when they started delivering vehicles in batches to our premises without any deli­very notes. The company was notified by our lawyers about the illegality of their actions and they collected the vehicles after they had been on our premises for over a month,” Mhlongo said.

The Witness was reliably informed that the vehicles were rejected because a certain official in the municipality preferred another company he allegedly has ties with, instead of the successful bidder.

Spokesperson for the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department, Mthatheni Mabaso, yesterday confirmed that the department is investigating whether there are any violations of legislative prescripts in this transaction.

“The MEC received a tip-off on the matter and instructed the department to investigate. We have since made contact with the municipal manager and received correspondence in writing, the details of which we cannot divulge at this stage,” said Mabaso.

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