A-G’s report identifies R200m of ‘questionable’ tenders in Gauteng

2011-05-28 07:42

The Gauteng government has identified five “questionable” tenders in municipalities in the province worth around R200 million, the DA said yesterday.

This information was provided in response to an oral question submitted to Premier Nomvula Mokonyane in the legislature by the party, DA member of the provincial legislature and housing spokesperson Janet Semple said.

Semple said the DA had asked whether any municipality in the province was mentioned in an Auditor-General report on municipalities that DA leader Helen Zille wanted made public before the recent local government elections.

Semple said they were told that “irregular expenditure” in Tshwane metro municipality was R165 414 911, in Kungweni local municipality R25 969 162, in Ekurhuleni metro municipality R2 285 366, in West Rand district municipality R3 106 515 and Emfuleni municipality R21 250.

“This is a mammoth total of R196 797 204 of taxpayers’ money that was spent on questionable tenders and contracts. Reasons given by government for this wasteful expenditure are not clear,” Semple said in a statement.

She later said: “The premier made no commitment to follow up on irregularities but we will be pushing for it to be followed up.”

Africa Boso, spokesperson for Auditor-General Terence Nombembe, said the report was still being finalised and would be tabled in Parliament in mid-June or the end of June.

Comment from the premier’s office and further details of the tenders were not immediately available.

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