DA to take KZN mobile clinic tender to Public Protector

2015-06-18 22:05
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Durban - The Democratic Alliance has said it will call in the Public Protector to investigate a R61m KwaZulu-Natal health department mobile clinic tender.

The DA’s provincial health spokesperson Dr Imran Keeka said on Thursday that the party had failed to receive any information on the tender from the department, despite making a request for information in terms of the Public Access to Information Act.

“In terms of the law, the MEC must acknowledge receipt of the application after which he has 30 days to comply - or not. To date, the DA has had no formal acknowledgement of receipt from MEC (Sibongiseni) Dhlomo,”said Keeka.

He said that he would lodge a complaint with the speaker of the legislature, Lydia Johnson, over Dhlomo’s failure to acknowledge the application.

"We will also notify the Public Protector of what we regard as the department’s ongoing efforts to keep this information out of the public domain and request a full investigation.”

Keeka’s announcement that the party was set to take the health department to the Public Protector over the tender follows that of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

In January this year, it emerged that part of the R61m tender was a three-year R52.5m lease for a truck and trailer with a standard X-ray machine.

At the time, the DA said it would ask the province’s Select Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to investigate, however this never materialised.

The DA’s Mark Steele told News24 that he had been informed by Scopa chairperson Maggie Govender that the initial report by the SA Press Association on the tender was incorrect and she was satisfied with the explanation she had received from the department.

However, Govender told News24 last month that she had never been approached by the DA about the tender.

A spokesperson for the IFP confirmed that the party still had not submitted its complaint to the Public Protector.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from the KwaZulu-Natal health department.

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