On-Point tender rigged with bogus jobs — report

2013-01-22 00:00

LIMPOPO businessperson Lesiba Gwangwa, a co-accused in Julius Malema’s corruption trial, fabricated job records to win a large state tender, court papers claim.

The allegations are contained in forensic report compiled by a PriceWaterhouseCoopers director and presented to a judge in a recent North Gauteng High court application by the Asset Forfeiture Unit to seize property belonging to Gwangwa and an engineering, On-Point, of which he is chief executive.

The report spells out details of more than R12 million in payments to Malema, the former ANC Youth League leader. It also paints a picture of the lengths that On-Point went to in order to win a Limpopo Roads and Transport tender worth R52 million.

The contract gave it immense control over official contracts in the province and lies at the heart of the criminal case against Malema, Gwangwa and others.

According to the forensic report, On-Point used resumés and the names of unsuspecting people who didn’t even work for the company in its 2009 bid for a project management unit tender.

“From an analysis…., it was immediately apparent that none of the ….. 12 executive, senior and management team members were employed by On-Point at the date on which the Technical Bid was prepared,” the report said.

“In addition I examined all of the other remaining CVs and none of them reflected their current employer as On-Point,” said the report.

A number of people listed as employees of On-Point … told the investigators that they had never heard of the company before media coverage of the controversy.

The Public Protector last year found the tender to have been irregularly awarded.

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