Transport dept probing corruption claims

2012-06-22 07:53

Johannesburg - The transport department said on Thursday it was investigating allegations it paid R10m more for a tender than it needed to.

"The department of transport has noted a report by Corruption Watch in relation to the department's erstwhile Investor Conference," it said.

It was co-operating with the public protector in the matter and had started internal processes.

A Corruption Watch probe found alleged irregularities in a R13m tender awarded by the department, the civil society organisation said earlier on Thursday.

Global Interface Consultancy won a tender to manage conference and communication services for the department's international investor conference in June last year. It had submitted a bid for R13.5m.

The company apparently had not fulfilled all the necessary requirements.

Losing bidder Indigo Design and Event Marketing bid R3.8m. The BEE-accredited company then lodged complaints with the department, the public protector, and Corruption Watch.

  • marion.friedenthal - 2012-06-22 08:06

    My first job was in the procurement department of a major SA corporation. Tenders were placed in a sealed box. Every day at 12 noon the box was opened and all tenders stamped with the date and time. Those tenders were then reviewed by a panel and a contract awarded. Never once heard any talk of corruption. Lack of proper procedure and total lack of ethics is a major issue in SA.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 08:33

      Shoot the guilty parties dead, and may their families suffer!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-22 08:39

      The scale of the greed is what amazes me. The second company was surely going to make a solid profit at R3.8m. To award a R13m tender means that the cost was inflated so much that it could not remain a secret. Stupidity and greed meet.

      Gerald - 2012-06-22 09:19

      and it looks like the job wasn't even done properly. It looks like Sarafina 2 symbolises all that is ANC so we cant say we weren't warned a long time ago. Oh well never mind, when my taxes go up I pay my laborers less, its called the big wheel turning

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-06-22 09:47

      Marion, the procedures are there, that is not the problem, the procedures are just flouted and bent in favour of certain companies. The ethics is the problem, every man for his bank account and stuff the taxpayer - or the delivery of the right product.

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-22 08:25

    The time has come to stop probing and actually do something about corruption!

  • gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-22 08:26

    The transport department is investigating the tender they awarded. Does this not go through any sort of approval process? So if I fart, I should investigate where the smell came from?

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-22 08:46

      They are all thief's. They think because they working for the transport that means transport it to my bank account.

      Phepishi - 2012-06-22 14:35

      Gerhard this is a case of a criminal investigating himself/herself.

  • pws69 - 2012-06-22 08:42

    Why do they only probe this AFTER they have been publicly caught out? Where was the oversight? Where were the checks and balances? This points to massive collusion in fraud and corruption from the highest levels. "I did not join the struggle to be poor" The ANCs Smuts Ngonyama after it came to light he received R20 million for "facilitating" the Telkom sale. ANC cadres, being in government does NOT give you license to steal OUR money in your race for riches. You earn enough in salaries (MPs earn ONE HUNDRED TIMES more than the average South African salary as an example) to NOT have to steal from us. Your greed is killing our country. Please stop.

  • jmasha3 - 2012-06-22 08:50

    What is this Mnitoring and evaluation minister doing?what is he monitoring and evaluating?

      Phepishi - 2012-06-22 14:37

      Jmasha3 the M&E portfolio is simply directionless. just a smokescreen so that we can think the Govt is serious about performance

  • Biiza M Herbert - 2012-06-22 09:06

    chibuli wat a u on bt.since 1994?so de klerk an his gorvenment whre nt corrupt?

      Gerald - 2012-06-22 09:30

      are you suggesting that South Africans should accept corruption? Before 1994 we had service delivery in SA and there werent taxes in the "black states" because RSA gave your leaders money for infrastructure, edu, med etc but unfortunately that money was stolen by the leaders in much the same way as it is now. I hope you can hold a garden spade as well as you hold your pistol

  • Richard - 2012-06-22 09:48

    Granted, corruption is endemic in the public service. It is a scourge, and speaking from experience, I have lost more than one tender due to suspiciously corrupt practices. This is how it works: A competent tenderer submits a proposal in response to a Request for a proposal. The request for tender is then "scrapped," and re-issued some months later. Another well connected tenderer then re-submits with much of your initial intellectual capital, and gets the work. I stopped tendering for public sector work.. I wonder how many skills are lost to government in much the same way as others who have had a similar experience have stopped tendering??.. But, I wonder if this is not a "good news" story in the sense that corruption is being investigated at some level, today..

  • andrew.gibbs.1420 - 2012-06-22 13:18

    Imagine how low the winning bid would have been if the company did not have to be BEE acreditted.

  • Phepishi - 2012-06-22 14:32

    13-3 = 10. This can only happen in SA

  • Johnson - 2012-07-08 12:40

    Its not possible - the ANC will never steal from the poor

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