R750 for one litre of sanitiser: North West municipality’s Covid-19 emergency procurement raises eyebrows

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North West legislators did not sound convinced by a presentation from the JB Marks Local Municipality on its R11.4 million Covid-19 coronavirus-related expenditure, which included R1.2 million splurged on “instant nutritious porridge for indigents”.

The municipality said this was money spent over three months, through emergency procurement processes, after municipalities were empowered by National Treasury to deviate from normal procurement processes to speed up the purchase of goods and services required to control the spread of the virus.

National Treasury, however, also spoke strongly against “possible abuse of supply chain management systems” and the “opportunistic use of this disaster to drive profit margins”.

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