Tenders: Keeping it in the family

2012-02-05 20:00

Johannesburg - More than 190 government officials and 18 close relatives of the officials were awarded state tenders to the value of R113m in the past financial year.

This startling revelation is revealed in Auditor General Terence Nombembe’s national ­audit outcomes report for 2010/11.

Nombembe told City Press it was becoming more difficult to detect conflicts of interest because government officials ­rarely shared surnames with their relatives.

The AG’s report reveals:
»R36m in tenders were awarded to 59 officials and 14 close family members of the department of defence;

»R32m worth of tenders were given to seven officials of the SA Revenue Service (Sars);

»A R30m tender was awarded to an official in the National Home Builders Registration Council;

»Home affairs gave tenders worth R9.7m to 48 staff members; and

»The State Information Technology Agency (R4.6m), SANparks (R3.5m), the transport department (R3.1m), the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (R2.3m) and the police (R1.4m) also awarded ­tenders to officials or their family.

The AG’s report blames political leaders and accounting officers for not ensuring that officials were ­declaring their financial interests.


In some instances, the report found that departments were not able to determine whether decisions to award tenders were not “unlawfully and improperly” influenced by business interests.

In their defence, government ­departments said in most instances officials who did business with the state were not senior managers who are required to disclose their financial interests. These “junior” officials were using ­loopholes that only seniors used to declare their ­interests.

The defence ministry’s Siphiwe Dlamini said an investigation was under way to determine whether any of the implicated 59 officials had violated policies when they were awarded the tenders.

He said: “The names of these ­officials, who are not senior ­managers, are being investigated and if they are found to have violated ­procurement policies, they will face disciplinary action.”

Dlamini added that most of these ­officials were in lower ranks that are not required to disclose their financial interests.

The receiver challenged the AG’s findings.

Spokesperson Adrian Lackay said the seven officials had permission to serve on the board of Sars’ customs subsidiary, ­Clidet, without any remuneration.

  • ISO - 2012-02-05 20:13

    Still these tenders needs to be signed off by management and higher officials, depending on the amount! This is one big family (mafia)!

      Squeegee - 2012-02-05 20:24

      Anyone suprised?

      Ian - 2012-02-05 20:35

      Somebody needs to explain the government that nepotism is not a political party!!!!!..... (well, I suppose it is to them, but party as in Johnny Blue!)

      John - 2012-02-05 20:55

      Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying south Africa since 1957.

      Gestoffle - 2012-02-05 22:51

      And the masses will continue to vote for the ANC, the very people that the ANC are fleecing....I would say what goes around comes around for these ANC "honestee's"...that doesn't work in this case as there are too many for justice to be served.

      Boer - 2012-02-06 01:02

      How about that?. First class ANC corruption. But the saying goes all regimes fall aventually, it already started witnin the ANC. Lots of cracks and fodder in the ANC regime.

      Jou - 2012-02-06 08:16

      That's 113 new millionares....think about it.

      Helmut - 2012-02-06 09:56

      Hi ISO. These guys sign anything! If the s..t hits the fan they have directors general and deputy directors general etc. to take the fall - against payment, of course! VIVA SOUTH AFRICAN KLEPTOCRACY VIVA!

  • Assis - 2012-02-05 20:15

    Their favorite song must be "Love me tender."

      Sandra - 2012-02-05 20:20


      Jeeves - 2012-02-05 20:23

      Badam Tsss

      Garth - 2012-02-06 07:03

      Very good. So the second line should read: "Love my Blue"?

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-06 08:43

      LOL Good one Assis

      Tgif - 2012-02-06 08:54

      Prefer them to all be doing "The jail house rock"

  • Mikhail - 2012-02-05 20:18

    Spreading the wealth at its best. This is not BEE, this is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. In 20 years time it will emerge just how much of this off market spending costs us, the tax payers who are not only carrying millions of poor South Africans but indirectly the rich government cronies as well.

      Sharon - 2012-02-05 22:03

      I have 2 questions. Did they declare their interests (as they are legally bound to do)before the tenders were awarded? and The AG has made his findings public, what should the consequences be to the trangressors?

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-06 08:46

      Too true. This is not BEE. This is plain unadulterated mega corruption. By the way are the roads still holding in Limpopo and are the RDPs in KZN still standing?

  • Adam - 2012-02-05 20:21

    How on earth did the D.A. get so many tenders to award, and I wonder if the anc will reprimand them.?

      Squeegee - 2012-02-05 20:26


      Garth - 2012-02-06 07:04

      Ah Squeegee, it is not a troll - true trolling takes intelligence.

  • Geoff - 2012-02-05 20:22

    The tip of the iceburg. Corruption abounds. You should be ashamed of yourselves. This money should be going to the people. Wake up South Africa.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-05 20:23

    what u going to do ---zuma et al

  • Steyn - 2012-02-05 20:26

    Don't you mean 190 ex-government officials? Or are you telling us they haven't been fired yet!!!

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-05 20:35

    This is basically just theft. Government officials should not be allowed to go near these tenders - their mandate is to govern not to rip off the public purse!! Here is the downfall of our country and the reason why the gravy train has no end while the poor simply get poorer. Disgusting and criminal.

  • Marius - 2012-02-05 20:36

    Spreading the wealth the corrupt way.

      Jayson - 2012-02-06 10:43

      ooi swapie, jy is mos baie slim vir n aapie

  • Tieho Mokhatla - 2012-02-05 20:39

    In SA now, if you're not yet corrupt, you're on the way to be corrupt.

      Garth - 2012-02-06 07:05

      Speak for yourself and your family.

  • Mart - 2012-02-05 20:46

    They (Gov. Officials) are living up to their reputations as liars and thieves. For every one fine upstanding individual there are two 'vrot eggs' prepared to put the whole at risk...... Hand those mutant servants of the people, to the people....don't offer them protection, we need to teach them fear!

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-05 20:47

    welcome to Africa, welcome to Africa, welcome to Afric, welcome to Africa. No further comments

  • Pieter - 2012-02-05 21:05

    Typical What's new?

  • Sagren - 2012-02-05 21:14

    whats that advert again ... SARS and the lie detector test....shhhoooot man we are just the aholes here while these guys steal everything.....and none of these buggers go to jail EVER ... they just spend a couple of days'dying in hospital'

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-05 21:15

    Yeah... time we start getting militant about this cr@p.

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-02-05 21:17

    if i make a comment i will be a raceist, anti government, undemocratic, and possibly many other adjectives, so before you brand me, and i will gladly accept your branding, think. for a better SA we need better leaders. not white skined, not black skined, just better South Africans. South Africans with an agenda that is not hidden, not criptic, just an agenda for a better future for all. leaders that will care for their people, all their people. leaders that will our people in this country first before tying to help all the other people in the world.

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-05 21:22

    Thats only 25% of there party bash in Bloem!

      Passionate.Parrot - 2012-02-06 09:10

      Yes it just goes on and on, the gravy train will soon be empty. Hopefully my husband and I will be in a Democratic country by then. The accent on Democratic.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-05 21:34

    These criminals are laughing all the way to the bank..and they are getting away with it..who is there keeping a watch that nepotism does'nt happen? Never mind "what goes around comes around, full circle"

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-05 21:37

    A precondition to any public office appointment should be that the person should have no other business interests whatsoever. His job must be his only job.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-05 21:49

      In the UK this is law - I'm not sure about SA - but it seems the ANC don't give a hoot about the law anyway so would it lead a sacking or resignation? NO.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-05 22:08

    113 million isn't that bad... It means that in 2012 the targets need to be set higher...

  • Mboma - 2012-02-05 22:26

    Spokesperson Adrian Lackay said the seven officials had permission to serve on the board of Sars’ customs subsidiary, ­Clidet, without any remuneration.SO WHAT?

  • Mboma - 2012-02-05 22:30

    It is just plain WRONG for officials to do business with the state. Declaring ithier interest means what? They do not influence the tender outcomes. GIVE US A BREAK. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-06 06:47

    This is what we don't want to see Pres Zuma

  • Anthony - 2012-02-06 07:44

    fire the lot.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-06 08:22

    The government is just one big "family Trust". When will this ever end?

  • Douglas - 2012-02-06 08:24

    Is this really news?

  • binarycape - 2012-02-06 08:28

    And this does not highlight tenders awarded to 'friends' and business associates.

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2012-02-06 09:08

    This is totally unaceptable and all should be cancelled. If this is African Democracy then it stinks.......Why is this allowed?

  • Deon - 2012-02-06 09:41

    In the good old days the first words a baby learned were mummy and daddy. Nowadays it is contracts and tenders.

  • Jayson - 2012-02-06 10:28

    South Africa is a joke...why are there no parodies about this wonderfull rainbow nation of ours...where are all the satirists and intellectuals!?

      Sharon - 2012-02-06 11:20

      @ Jayson - The only connection our government can see to a rainbow these days is the pot of gold at the end of it.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-06 10:30

    The Zumafia!

  • Jayson - 2012-02-06 10:40

    these people have no integrity

  • Renier - 2012-02-06 11:42

    Hierdie ouens TENDER vir 'n pak slae...

  • Susan - 2012-02-06 12:50

    So this is how government supports small BEE companies,all the money goes to their friends and families.AND THE TENDERS GO'S TO.....

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