‘No moratorium on Limpopo tenders’

2013-04-03 16:21

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The ANC’s Provincial Task Team (PTT) for Limpopo has asked Premier Cassel Mathale and his executive to “use great circumspection when awarding tenders” but has denied placing a moratorium on tenders.

Speaking to City Press following a meeting with Mathale yesterday and his Cabinet today, the PTT’s spokesperson, Sello Lediga, dismissed media reports that the PTT had placed a moratorium on the awarding of tenders in the provincial government and barred the premier and his MECs from issuing contracts.

“We don’t have the constitutional mandate to stop government from doing its work,” Lediga said. “Neither do we have the capacity to adjudicate tenders.

“What we did was to arrange for a meeting with the premier and his cabinet and we said to them: ‘Since you know there has been an uproar about tenders and the appointment of senior managers in the province, it’s vital that when you make decisions about tenders and the appointments of managers, you take us into (your) confidence. As cadres in government, please make sure that whatever you are doing is not characterised as corruption’.”

Lediga said the PTT wanted to know that the processes leading to the appointment of senior managers and the awarding of tenders were fair, transparent and blameless. “We just want to know that all tenders being issued are being issued correctly,” he said.

“We will be foolish to deny that there are concerns about tenders in the province. In fact, we are appealing to them, we have not instructed them. We have not placed any moratorium on anything. It happened in 2009 and we have learned from it and we don’t want to repeat it.”

Lediga was referring to the moratorium on tenders instituted by Mathale and his leadership after winning the provincial leadership contest in 2008.

The DA’s leader in Limpopo, Jacque Smalle, said it was “anathema” for the PTT to even begin to think of getting involved in the administration.

“It’s the role of the administrators which were placed here under Section 100 to ensure that tenders and the filling of vacancies are done accordingly.

“The rest of the departments, which are not under administration, should be handled by their MECs. We were told that the PTT is here to deal with political problems in the province, and not administrative problems. This will only serve to frustrate and delay service delivery.”

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