Politically connected tenders are 'criminal', a 'misuse of public funds' - Patel

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Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel.
Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel.
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Patronage schemes which "enrich" individuals connected to a political party, including the governing party, are "wrong" and must be actively combatted, said Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel.

The minister on Tuesday briefed Parliaments portfolio committee on Trade, industry and Competition on the Black Industrialists Programme, over which his department has oversight.

Responding to questions from member of Parliament on the prevalence of politically-connected individuals scoring tenders, Patel said it is a "criminal offence," and a "misuse of public funds". "Every instance where that happens, were persons get contracts or support by virtue of being a member of a party is wrong," he said.

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