Malema allies' tenders re-advertised

By Drum Digital
08 May 2013

Tenders reportedly worth R900 million, awarded to allies of expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema, will be re-advertised, the Limpopo department of human settlements said on Wednesday.

The department had been advised, rather than ordered, to re-advertise the contracts for the construction of RDP houses, said spokeswoman Dieketseng Diale.

The Star reported on Wednesday that the contracts were awarded in December to Malema allies including businessman Selby Manthata, his wife Helen Moroeroa, Matome Hlabiosa, Collins Foromo and Mohammed Dada.

According to the report, a national intervention team, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, ordered the department to re-advertise the housing tenders.

Diale claimed that the report was based on "incorrect and false allegations".

The department believed the tender process had been "clouded by misreporting and malice, rather than by maladministration".

Diale said law enforcement agencies had been invited to investigate allegations of impropriety relating to the tenders, as the department was confident that these claims were unfounded.

"The department still stands by what it said: that the process was fair, transparent and free. There was no manipulation whatsoever," Diale said.

"We have always maintained our innocence... and that our department adheres to the highest ethical and administrative standards in all its dealings, including procurement of services."

The Democratic Alliance welcomed the re-advertising of the tenders.

DA Limpopo local government spokeswoman Desiree van der Walt said in a statement that the party wanted an overhaul of the adjudication process in the province to prevent corruption or "political meddling".

She called for the arrest of the department officials who initially awarded the tenders.

-by Sapa

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