Limpopo contractor bonus 'abuse' - DA

2012-08-06 22:54

Johannesburg - The Limpopo government's decision to grant a R12m contract increase to a contractor who failed to meet two deadlines was "flagrant abuse", the Democratic Alliance in the province said on Monday.

"This is a flagrant abuse of the state's coffers and it must be investigated," spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said in a statement.

The Star newspaper reported that a variation order had increased from R41m to R53m the budget for the Seshego residential project, which is being constructed by Steve Bosch's company Raesetja Property Developers, trading as Sizani Build It.

Van der Walt said the province's standing committee on public accounts needed to investigate all government tenders awarded to Bosch, who was "a well known benefactor of the ruling party".

"His political connections coupled with his questionable service delivery record are a clear indication that the ruling party will stop at nothing its ploy to enrich its cronies at the expense of the communities."

Earlier, The Star reported that Bosch had already received R43m of the value of his contract.

Minutes of a meeting held in May between the department, Sizani and the department also indicated that the materials used for the project were not SA Bureau of Standards approved.

Independent Newspapers previously reported that Bosch had quit construction on some units, for which his company had earned over R38m during the 2010/2011 financial year.

Bosch and the department did not respond to The Star's requests for comment.

Bosch is allegedly a benefactor of expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema and is believed to have business ties with Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale.

Bosch also allegedly has ties with Limpopo's Co-Operative Governance MEC Clifford Motsepe and Limpopo ANC secretary Soviet Lekganyane.

The Limpopo government had not responded to requests for comment by Monday evening.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-07 00:02

    This may well be labeled as \caught red handed\ if confirmed positive, and I believe it will be. Corruption at its outmost best.

  • dee.980 - 2012-08-07 00:33

    ... and as Angie tells us Limpopo has no money left for education.... now we know another benefactor of our taxes besides EduSolutions. And on this freezing, wet night, my prayer goes to the cold, hungry, uneducated and homeless people who probably don't get to read this daily news of how they are robbed and robbed and robbed by our feckless amoral 'leaders' they entrust their vote and future to.

      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-08-07 01:52

      Who has the audacity to dislike this comment? F@#*ing blind ANC zombie!

      walter.o.latham - 2012-08-07 06:55

      I agree with your thoughts entirely Dee. The only way this country is going to get rid of the culprits is to change the government, before it's too late. BUT, unfortunately the cold, hungry, uneducated and homeless people will continue to vote for amoral "leaders". They must vote DA and we need people on the ground to convince them. DA to stop corruption.

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-08-07 00:40

    My black brothers and sisters please se wat is going on around u do the right thing vote DP and we can change things

      Billy - 2012-08-07 01:34

      there is no more DP, there was. years ago

      walter.o.latham - 2012-08-07 07:11

      Tefo, as hard as I could, I don't understand your argument about the DA. However, I suggest you go down to the shops and buy this month's Noseweek and read about all the corruption going on within government. It'll change your mind if you have any savvy. Take a look at Ms Patricia De Lille's car parked outside a building in Cape Town where she was having a meeting. A relatively cheap middle range Toyota with a driver. No blue light brigade in sight! A driver, yes - she's a busy mayor managing the best run city in SA...... She's DA and so are most of the councilors. As for Mr Swanapoel - he's producing plenty of food for our country's people to feed on. Many of the farms that have been taken over by communities no longer produce enough food for sale; they are simply said, derelict and no longer productive. I don't say all, but I do say most.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-07 02:13

    Some1 or somebodies have huge lion 's share in de loot,thy go all de way to milk de state coffers dry,its clear de contractor n his allies have corrupt relationship,these has been done with a purpose

  • braamc - 2012-08-07 02:41

    The ANC thieving filth

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-07 05:54

    Got to keep the gravy train running. Must suck the extra money out somewhere to pay for the elite lifestyles. Ordinary people look on in disbelief. Elite feel its their right, as someone said they didn't do the struggle to be poor.

  • isaac.therose - 2012-08-07 05:56

    Mr presdent all he thnk is Zumaville he Don't care abt limpopo student he is KZN President not SA after Mangaung I thnk he wil no dat der is no Republic of KZN

      carpejugulim - 2012-08-07 07:51

      Isaac the prez has 2 billion on the brain, if he can't have the money for an aeroplane then he wants it for zoomerville. That amout of money plus the 12 million given to a nonproducing contractor could vastly improve housing, education, hospitals and the lives of many people country wide.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-08-07 06:07

    Do they steal from the middle class South Africans, that in any case carry the state tax burden, but receive minimal for it? A pathetic police and justice system, increasing our insurance. As pathetic education and medical , causing us to use private facilities.They stealing from the poor mainly black ANC voters. How many years would they carry on voting for thieves and robbers?

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-08-07 06:39

    Julle moet STEEL bulle...een van die dae is daar niks oor nie!!

  • tresso.sven - 2012-08-07 06:47

    You guys are suprises why???????? This is par for the course in a One party State..

  • Mapekula - 2012-08-07 07:23

    Thanx 4 updating us, when r u gonna come up with the solution in CT- people r stricking. Show us what u capable of than criticising other peoples deliveries.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-07 09:47

    Corruption Corruption Corruption all the way from the top to the very bottom. Its a sick joke now. I think we should change the name of this country whilst under the ANC rule to THE REPUBLIC OF KORRUPTISTAN. It is just a mass destruction of our country.

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