Hawks investigate R800m ship contract

2013-05-17 11:45


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Cape Town - Hawks officers have visited the ship management company, Smit Amandla Marine, in connection with an investigation into an R800m management contract, the Cape Argus reported on Friday.

"We've been requested to provide information in connection with an investigation relating to the agriculture, forestry and fisheries vessel management contract, and are co-operating fully," company spokesperson Claire Gomes was quoted as telling the newspaper.

Hawks' spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko reportedly declined to comment on the visit to the company's Paarden Eiland offices, in Cape Town.

"We don't talk about operations that are still underway," he told The Cape Argus.

Contract withdrawn

The company held the contract to manage South Africa's fisheries and research patrol fleet for 11 years, but it was not renewed in March last year and Sekunjalo Investments won the tender.

Smit brought an urgent high court review application in December 2011, but this was dropped when Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson withdrew the contract from Sekunjalo.

According to the newspaper, the contract was now with Nautic SA, on a short-term emergency basis, pending a call for a new five-year tender.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's preliminary report on the matter is due within days.

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