Probe my dept over tenders, MEC urges

2013-02-05 16:21

Johannesburg - Limpopo Co-operative Governance MEC Clifford Motsepe has requested the public protector and the auditor general to probe allegations that his department had unfairly awarded contracts worth R900m to Julius Malema’s friends.

This follows media reports saying officials in Motsepe’s office had tampered with tender documents of some of the bidders for the multi-million housing projects in order to disqualify them, in favour of companies owned by Malema’s friends.

The report, published in The Star, further claims officials deliberately withheld the bank guarantees of some of the bidding companies, resulting in them being disqualified for failure to meet the necessary requirements.

The officials had also allegedly increased the required bank guarantees from R30 000 to R100 000 in an effort to exclude other bidders.

In a statement Motsepe said: "Upon reading the article I wrote to the AG and the public protector requesting that they investigate the appointment of these service providers, as well as the allegation of impropriety against officials in the department of which I am political head, I have asked the AG and the public protector to investigate these allegations not because I believe them to be true, but because I have every reason to believe that they are false.”

He said the companies were appointed on the basis of price, track record and other criteria and not because of who they are or who they know.

He also criticised the report for suggesting the tenders were hastily awarded a day after President Jacob Zuma had secured a second term in Mangaung, fearing rumours that Zuma would rid the Limpopo administration of supporters of Malema and Premier Cassel Mathale.

"The department was at work throughout the festive season - because of its commitment to ensuring service delivery - and we had a job to complete, just as we have done in previous years.

"The date in question - 19 December – was a working day, or was it not?"

The companies said to have benefited from the contracts include known Malema associates businessman Selby Manthata and his wife, Helen Moreroa, Ali Boshielo, Matome Hlabioa, Collins Foromo and Mohammed Dada.

However, Motsepe said a total of 55 companies benefited from the tenders.

Manthata and Moreroa are co-accused in the fraud and corruption case against Malema.

Limpopo, Motsepe said, is the only province in the country which dishes out housing contracts to as many as 55 companies.

"Some provinces, which I won’t mention, dish out a contract to build 3 000 units to one company.

"You will never see that here. We share and spread the work to as many contractors as possible."

The contractors who were supposed to move on site in March, he said, will now have to wait until the AG and the public protector had complete their investigations.

"We are ready to start afresh [with the appointment of new contractors] if it is found that the contracts were not awarded according to the law," Motsepe said.

He distributed a letter to the media, from the public protector to his office, exonerating the department of allegations that it had awarded tenders to companies which had links to Malema.

In October 2011 the public protector initiated a probe in Motsepe’s department following allegations that companies whose owners had links to Malema had benefited from multi-million tenders in the department.

  • Mike15988a - 2013-02-05 16:30

    Here's a whopper, 900 bar, geez where and when will this come to an end?

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-05 16:41

    Wow, what's next! Corruption to its max!

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-05 16:43

    He has a real slap me face!

  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2013-02-05 17:03

    Lisivha, Are you also one of the contractors who benafitted....I would not be surprised if you are. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

  • camp.j - 2013-02-05 17:05

    The best form of defence is attack. Thanks for the advice Mr Motsepe, we'll do just that!

  • mark.booysen - 2013-02-05 17:06

    Carefull now Clifford!!!

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-05 17:06

    Motsepe we will dig deep 2find the fly in the ointment??

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-02-05 17:14

    Sounds like a bluffing game.

  • brian.dlamini - 2013-02-05 17:31

    So when the DA say the same thing it's honourable and is innocent until proven guilty but because he's ANC he's guilty until proven innocent?! This smacks on a certain apartheid law that blacks were guilty until proven innocent.. Il get my head out the gutter when the majority of u here get out.

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2013-02-05 17:36

    Ure boring. Viva malema viva

  • Teunis1985 - 2013-02-05 17:37

    These guys think that if they give an open invitation to be probed everything will be dropped because that proves their innocence. He should invite the boys in our prison to probe him and see if they will leave it be...

  • thabang.t.ledwaba - 2013-02-05 17:42

    I bet they discuss who to giv this tenders to over lunch or a game of golf

  • Antonie - 2013-02-05 17:45

    Last time some one said that, he lost everything... Don't be like Juju man.

  • Dalas Mantjolo - 2013-02-05 17:47

    r they supposed to be sacrifised just fr knowing Malema? This aint fair, meaning if dey neva knew Malema, they wer nt goin to b investigated?

      johnny.august.31 - 2013-02-06 04:42

      @ Dalas Ya that's true,Limpopo is one of the most corrupt Provinces in the country ,Stop pretending as if everything goes well in That Province

      kb.kagiso - 2013-02-06 09:32

      your comment are misleading,Limpopo is at center of attraction because of juju's loud speaker,Mpumalanga is highest followed by KZN,Gaunteng,North West and the rest,At Mpumalanga :Education system corrupt,mining sector is worse than rotten apple, Traffic department also included... Are you aware that Mpumalanga GDP is far greater than Limpopo and Northren cape? Unemployement is also higher...We all know corruption is a crime against human nature I and I will never ever tolerate Corruption.. Media will only tell what u wanted to hear.. before you shoot the messanger do proper reaseach

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2013-02-05 18:16

    How can this guy exonerate his department, that is the job of the investigators. Where there is smoke, there has to be a fire. We see why central government had to step in at Limpopo.

  • jerry.phillips.393 - 2013-02-05 18:58

    Mind game. Good Clifford, protector and AG won't investigate.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-02-05 19:50

    No no no thois time hands off Malema these cowards kom mna k aak the guys resort to cheeap way of selling their bloody news

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-02-05 21:04

    Probe my dept ,,was this not Malemas request before the great fall from power , be careful what you wish for !!!

  • johnny.august.31 - 2013-02-06 04:54

    Guess What ?Somthing is going to happen in Limpopo ,The ANC president is going to make sure that all the rot is dealt with in Limpopo.From the Premier down to some Premiers ,now Mr Clifford is trying to be seen to be a Good man ,time is up My Broer Probe or no Probe forget

  • netshiendeulu.mbulaheniprince - 2013-02-07 13:08

    what about zuma did u forget him.hands off stay away from our malema.u say nothing about boy mamabolo fraud allegation bcos he suport zuma.i hate zuma and his govenment.come 2014 election.e-toll,petrol price,state of information bill,eskom electric price,marikana massacre,amplants 14000 workers restructuring,unemployment,farm workers wage dis are som challenges dat zuma and his alies face

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