Tender board to be established - Zuma

2014-01-11 17:29
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Nelspruit -  A tender board would be established to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government, President Jacob Zuma announced at the launch of the ANC's election manifesto on Saturday.

"We are now changing the tender system, which has been such a big problem in our country," he told African National Congress supporters at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

"Public servants and public representatives will be prohibited from doing business with the state."

Zuma said further measures would be developed.

He said ANC members and public representatives who were found guilty would be expected to step down from their positions.

The party would also continue to fight crime and police capacity would be increased.

Zuma said all ANC members had to recommit themselves to the notion of serving the people.

"This ANC has the experience and drive to move this country forward," he said.

Zuma also sent a message to the Congress of SA Trade Unions, saying workers should be more active.

Cosatu has been dealing with internal battles after its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was suspended for having an affair with a junior employee, among other things. Both Vavi and National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the trade union federation's biggest affiliate, have lodged court applications against Cosatu on the matter.

Numsa last month also took a decision not to support the ANC in this election.

"We must guard against certain opportunistic elements trying to divide our alliance," Zuma said.

He said discipline was a political tool which could foster unity and that actions which could bring the organisation into disrepute would not be tolerated.

- SAPA
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