IFP criticises Mpisane’s homes tender

2010-02-06 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party said it is immoral to award a R300 million housing tender to Shawn Mpisane’s Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport Company when there is rampant joblessness and poverty.

The IFP vowed to ensure that whoever is responsible for the Mpisane debacle is held to account. The IFP said this yesterday in reaction to the news that the government may take action against the eThekwini Municipality over the R300 million uMlazi housing tender given to the Mpisane-owned Zikhulise, whose work was reported to be shoddy.

IFP spokesman in the eThekwini Municipality Joshua Mazibuko said the ­Mpisane debacle is an example of “comrade-enrichment” at taxpayers’ expense.

“When power begins to corrupt, you award tenders without following the legal processes and you turn a blind eye when your pals perform below the required standards,” Mazibuko said.

He said the fact the company was not registered with the National Home Builders’ Registration Council when it was awarded the tender “speaks volumes for the mischief within the municipality”.

Mazibuko said he believes it is immoral to give one company a R300  million contract in the midst of widespread joblessness and poverty. “You cannot justify making one person rich when BEE is projected as a broad-based programme to empower as many people as possible.”

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