Top Cape company's R800m tender probed

2012-03-08 22:37

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will investigate the controversial Sekunjalo tender for marine patrols, her office confirmed on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Pieter van Dalen said this was at the request of his party.

"We trust that the public protector will get to the bottom of the murky circumstances surrounding a tender that may well have put our marine resources and the livelihoods of fishermen at risk," he said.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced in November that Sekunjalo had been awarded an R800m contract to man and maintain state-owned marine patrol vessels.

The contract was subsequently withdrawn.

The DA said it had in its possession a forensic audit report indicating blatant bias by some members of the bid adjudication committee, Van Dalen said. It was apparent the company did not have the expertise to do the job, he said.

In addition, its chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé was politically well-connected, having travelled overseas with official business delegations accompanying President Jacob Zuma and other ministers.

Premier Fishing, a Sekunjalo subsidiary, holds extensive fishing rights.

This would in effect have set Sekunjalo up as both player and referee, Van Dalen said.

He said it was not clear who would patrol South Africa's coastlines at the end of March when the existing contract, with Smit Amandla, expires.

Sekunjalo Investments Ltd, listed on the JSE, holds investments in businesses including health care, pharmaceuticals, fishing, and information technology.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-08 23:20

    Nail them!

      Ian - 2012-03-09 00:07

      This is why not educating people in the Regime days was so bad. Because now they are unable to see the way the clowns operate. Lucky for all of us once we grow up, we see clowns will always be. And we move on.....

      Warren Nel - 2012-03-09 06:08 can take a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink. Same applies with education....burning schools, teacher absence, toyi toyi, kids wandering around the streets at 8h00, now very low standards set. No sympathy here....\r\nApartheid long gone, yet this is STILL the trend.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-09 08:17

      Down with the ANC once and for all! This has got to stop!

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 23:23

    Mr. Nose has been hammering at these shady poltically-tainted deals for years. Rotten through and through. Perhaps Tony Ehrenreich knows a thing or three?

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-09 00:01

    Tina Joemat-Pettersson is the same fool that wants to move the fisheries department to Pretoria. She should just step down. Incompetent and now it would seem corrupt as well. Zuma's ANC is a disgrace.

      Andrew - 2012-03-09 06:57

      This is the same minister who spent over R428k of taxpayer money for a 28 day stay at a guest lodge during the soccer world cup. Stated she did not know the high cost of this stay. Most likely did no care as we were paying for it.

      PB - 2012-03-09 09:16

      This clown of a minister is totally clueless and on top of that, she thinks the rest of us are just as stupid. If the MP's were to feel it in their own pockets when they b#gger up, we might see a much changed government. But that is being asked way too much

  • Boer - 2012-03-09 00:27

    I'm looking forward to the day when we read about something that was done properly. Can I wait another 20 years?

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-09 06:41

      Let's look on the bright side.We have creative criminals nowadays, people who try to rob a bank with nothing but a note saying they have a bomb. Others even modify cash-in-transit vans. The "new" South Africa encourages creative thinking

      Heiku - 2012-03-09 11:10

      Boer I suggest you read the history books or you will wait another 100 years.

  • John - 2012-03-09 03:35

    Thuli Mandosela.....yea right thats her name......she wont give these idiots an inch we need more people like her.........

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-09 08:33

      Spot on John we do need more people like her!!

  • clivegoss - 2012-03-09 04:40

    Sound very fishy to me

  • Anton - 2012-03-09 05:21

    when will they start investigating the minister tina joemat-pettersson i think that madam is not well

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-09 06:52


  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-09 07:11

    Again I ask is there 1 govt department that is not fraught with corruption , this govt is rotten i am sorry to say and it starts at the top ,

  • Brendan Cluley - 2012-03-09 07:22

    ANC bunch of useless people.we need some extreamists to make a point!

  • Jacks - 2012-03-09 07:25

    Why is a private contractor needed to patrol our coastal waters with state owned vessels? What is wrong with the navy?

      Nigel - 2012-03-09 07:43

      & the air force, the Minister of Defence is sooo busy making announcements on Mandelas health, while the air force is bankrupt & owes R 27 mil on fuel to suppliers, the ANC has failed SA YET AGAIN !!!!!!!!!

      Warren Nel - 2012-03-09 07:52

      Private security companies have contracts to protect our police stations. How pathetic is that.

      Bud - 2012-03-09 09:48

      NAVY???? - lol

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-09 07:32

    klomp skelm rappokers,struikrowers en maaifoedies vang hulle

  • Nigel - 2012-03-09 07:40

    next Malema

  • Kevin - 2012-03-09 07:54

    Can the top dogs please do some lengthy jail time .

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-03-10 23:26

    Thank heavens that there is a watchdog out there!! Imagine all the corrupt shennanigans that would be taking place "in the dark". If ALL corrupt officials in All government positions ... local, provincial and national, were made accountable and jailed, there just would not be enough prison space available!!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-05-03 21:18

    Who's money is funding this corruption?

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