Madonsela to study submissions in DA tender saga

2012-05-18 06:56

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will consider submissions from the Western Cape government and all the complainants on a communication tender before making her findings public, her office has said.

“Advocate Thuli Madonsela today met with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and her team, and all four complainants in the Western Cape communication tender investigation,” Madonsela’s spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said yesterday.

This followed the leak of Madonsela’s provisional report at the weekend.

The report was leaked to newspapers a week before a deadline for the province’s response.
Masibi said all parties involved condemned the leaking of the report.

In the draft report, Madonsela reportedly found that a Western Cape tender awarded to advertising agency TBWA/Hunt Lascaris in 2010 to centralise communications was invalid.

On Sunday, Zille condemned the leaking of the report and defended the tender.

She said the leak prejudiced the province’s right to rectify what it described as “material legal errors” in the draft report, before the report was finalised.

Masibi said Madonsela held separate meetings with Zille and the complainants.

The complainants are the ANC, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, civil society organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi and a general member of the public, Sulyman Stellenboom.

“The meetings, whose purpose was to listen to the parties and hear their views on the provisional report, were helpful, constructive and fruitful for the public protector,” said Masibi.

“All parties contested certain aspects of the provisional observations and offered reasons for different formulations.”

Zille’s office made oral representations supporting those it submitted on May 14. The others would submit their representations by May 18.

“The public protector requested the parties not to engage on the merits of the case until it is concluded and she appeals to the public and the media to do the same,” said Masibi.

She said Madonsela also appealed to the media not to print stolen information because it was not in the public interest nor the interest of justice.

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