Zuma's nephew in bus tender dispute

2012-12-09 14:36

Pietermaritzburg - President Jacob Zuma's nephew has rejected claims that he used his political influence to win a R300m bus contract in Port Shepstone, the Weekend Argus reported on Sunday.

Former taxi owner Mandla Gcaba said he had nothing to do with a contract that went to Ugu Transport, a consortium which is 80%owned by taxi operators and 20% owned by smaller bus operators, including Gcaba's company Amandla Emicabango Trading.

The contract was awarded without open bidding, upsetting several bus owners who wanted to bid for the opportunity.

"A group of taxi operators won the tender, and then hit a snag. We were approached to help and we came in at that time. I wasn't even there when the tender process happened," Gcaba told the newspaper.

Asked why the tender was not advertised, Ugu district municipality spokesperson Sipho Khuzwayo said the buses "have nothing to do" with the municipality.

"It's a project of the department of transport. Speak to them."

KwaZulu-Natal transport department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said it had entered into a "negotiated contract" with Ugu Transport because the previous bus operator left and a new one was urgently needed.

According to the report, Gcaba's Tansnat Africa took over the contract for Durban's public transport system in 2009.

This was later declared illegal by a court and has since been run on a month-to-month basis.

  • earle.francis.9 - 2012-12-09 14:41

    What's new?

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-09 15:50

      This is a family thing it runs in the blood.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-09 16:06

      Just another Zuma creeping out of the woodwork!!! THey are all rotten to the core!

      Aswatas - 2012-12-10 06:47

      Oh yes's mos lekke to pocket hey...all in the family!!!!!!!

  • asteyn - 2012-12-09 14:42

    Of course he didn't use his political influence to win a govt contract! We would never expect a "Zuma" to be involved in such fraud! *sarcasm*

  • christoffel.nel - 2012-12-09 14:57

    Hulle steel ons blind.

  • ansie.fourie.940 - 2012-12-09 14:58

    Weereens Skelm gatte. Hoe meer hulle ontken hoe meer is die waarheid

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-12-09 15:03

    Gravy train

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-12-09 15:04

    Gravy train

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-12-09 16:13

      Or gravy buses

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-09 15:05


  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-09 15:11

    these cockroaches just have to open their mouths and you know they are lying.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-09 15:15

    ppl should learn to accept now because a Zuma is part of the consortium it means the processes were does not mater how u get the job.....the issue is u must deliver to the public the service required....start complain when the consortium fails to deliver.....Zuma does not seat in any bid committees no the premiers in the provinces.....

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-09 15:35

      And you are also one that condones stealing, nepotism, fraud et al. You happy to go n sleep while a child goes hungry?...........

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-09 15:20

    david what is corruption to u.... a black company getting awarded a big contract nd deliver good service or stealing nd misusing state cash for personal enrichment??????

      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-12-09 16:13

      Let me explain this to you in no big words ne... If you apply for a tender it askes of you if you have family in parliament or government... Not to protect you, but to protect the person of authority.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-09 15:35

    My brothers black and white stop worrying yourself with this criminals one day I mean one day the wheels of justices will catch up with them.

  • lmadikwe - 2012-12-09 15:39

    In this drama, the plot is the same, the characters keep swapping roles.

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-09 16:50

      He is NOT a Zuma!He is a Gcaba.Everyone who hails from Nkandla would mysteriously claim to be connected to Zuma.Even the Zuma's I've known since I was a child have suddenly become related to the president.It may be working for them now ,but few yrs down the line ,they may regret when the population is trully fed up.

  • TattooHunter - 2012-12-09 15:42

    Durban's buses where removed by the municipality and taken over illegally by Tansnat. The bus service is now a complete joke.

  • sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2012-12-09 15:44

    Love meeee tender, love me true... UMSHINI WAM UMSHINI WAAAAM

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-12-09 15:46

    why waste time and money putting out tenders when a company is already earmarked for the contract , forward thinking by the decision makers saving our taxes . (sarcasm intended)

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-12-09 15:48

    We blame anything from a failing world economy, to 'business' being in the hands of a 'selfish previously-advantaged', for our inability to get a potentially world-changing economy working, despite every necessity abounding. Clearly an intrinsically corrupt ANC have become entirely separated from it's own statutes, and now hold forth the view that the reward for securing the desire for their grateful electorate once every few years to acquire the indelible thumb-nail dot of freedom, is that these will in return forgo any desire for upliftment, but will rather suffer greater than ever they did under apartheid, to unquestionably add truth to their ongoing diet of lies, and so provide for their liberation-heroes to live in obscenity-bordering opulence. There is no cent that changes hands in South Africa that is untainted by ANC corruption, and it is strangling this economy, and killing it's inhabitants. No positive movement in the country's fortunes can ever come about under ANC rule, and so the promise for it's suffering electorate, is only more suffering. Trevor Manuel, where are you? What has happened to your National Planning Commission salvation master-plan? Or was it always just another opportunity to put out some more tenders? You of all should know that nothing can be successful amidst the rot of ANC corruption - so why are you not shouting out loud about what Jacob Zuma Inc are doing to those you have been elected to represent? Do you blame us for questioning you?

      sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2012-12-09 15:51

      Yes Philip, the circumference of the procrastination does not divulge into the inabilty to disinfect the velocity of all the degrees of stipulations!

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-09 16:09

    Just shut the F up!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-09 16:11

    The name Zuma is already tarnished, I feel sorry for the zuma's that are not politically connected to this clan. This clan are a disgrace.

  • clivegoss - 2012-12-09 16:11

    Baantjies vir boeties. What else is new ?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-12-09 16:15

    Just the name 'Zuma' alone smells of something dishonest - runs in the family, all rotten to the core. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train,

      lukas.mabuza - 2012-12-09 18:12

      this nephew of zuma i hate him bcs he came nd steal ths mine phamodzi wr by our fathers they have been working 4 tht mine 4 morethan 10 yrs

      lukas.mabuza - 2012-12-09 18:21

      imagin their pension finds,thy ddnt hv even a single cent wht is tht maara

      lukas.mabuza - 2012-12-09 18:22

      imagin their pension finds,thy ddnt hv even a single cent wht is tht maara

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 16:18

    So what???

  • ronny.rikhotso.7 - 2012-12-09 17:04

    not suprised

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-12-09 19:24

    what is the name of the nephew of Jacob Zuma??? but its not Mandla Gcaba Media is so obsessed with Jacob Zuma sies man!!!!!

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-12-10 03:22

    The Pablo Escobars of today,they own south africa including everything in it.

  • kailash87 - 2012-12-10 07:34

    Illovu sugar is building a new warehouse over 400 square meters,with all the latest crane n dispatching technology,its costing them around 300 sum odd million,so what the hell is zuma building for 200million rand

  • Terence Hermanus - 2012-12-10 08:08

    @msizi... cos its our money being stolen if you Dont give a f*k... fine... the rest of normal people prefer not to be robbed... and because everyone close to him is in on some form of wrong doing... so must they just shut up about it and take it up the ars like you?

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