Improper tender: DA wants MEC to quit

2012-10-11 16:03
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Johannesburg - Limpopo MEC Pinky Kekana must step down after a finding that the provincial transport department unlawfully awarded a tender to On-Point engineering, the DA said on Thursday.

"The MEC clearly cannot be trusted with holding public office any more and must do the honourable thing and resign," Democratic Alliance provincial spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

Kekana approved the tender during her tenure as transport MEC. She was appointed as MEC for economic development in March.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday the MEC had done so unlawfully.

Van der Walt said Kekana's "wrongdoing" could not be ignored now that she was in a new position.

"After all, the wrong-doings attributed by the Public Protector to her previous department all happened when she was still at the helm of roads and transport.

"This is a crisp example of a closed, crony system where state tenders are a conduit to enrich political allies," she said.

"We expect MEC Kekana's immediate resignation in light of the findings of the public protector."

The provincial transport department declined to comment on the report on Thursday.

"We will be responding to what the public protector is saying. It is only that at this stage we are not ready, because we have not gone through the report," the department's spokesman Joshua Kwapa told SAfm.

Madonsela found that the tender was unlawful and that On-Point and former African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema benefited improperly from this.

Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa is chief executive of On-Point.

Kwapa said the department only received the protector's report at 18:00 on Wednesday, the same day Madonsela addressed the media on the matter.

"We have to first study the report... when we say we are studying the report, it is seen as a delaying tactic. You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed," said Kwapa.

Madonsela received three complaints in July 2011 and decided to investigate allegations that the department of roads and transport awarded the On-Point tender corruptly.

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