Protector to probe Cape tender claims
Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has decided to investigate a communications tender in the Western Cape.
"There is going to be a full investigation and a team has been allotted to draw up a plan," Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said on Monday.
"I am not sure when the investigation will be completed, but I will confirm a date at a later stage."
The tender, worth between R50m and R70m and awarded to advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, was a two-year contract for the development and implementation of a brand and communications strategy for the Western Cape government.
The Sunday Times reported that the provincial treasury had found a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille told the paper she believed the process had been "transparent, fair, equitable, competitive and cost-effective".
"I said we had nothing to hide, and requested the auditor general to conduct a tender process audit," she was quoted as saying.