Evidence shows construction firms colluded

South Africa’s top construction firms colluded over contracts to build and revamp stadiums for the 2010 World Cup, the Competition Commission has said, paving the way for possible prosecution.

The commission said dozens of firms “colluded” over the megaprojects, in some instances allocating tenders among themselves and reaching deals “agreeing on profit margins”.

South Africa poured R20 billion into the construction and refurbishment of 10 stadiums to be used for the showpiece football tournament.

Five of the venues were built from scratch, including the 94 500-seater FNB Stadium in Soweto, which hosted the opening match and the final.

Twenty-one companies have admitted wrongdoing and have paid settlements totalling R1.4 billion.

But the commission said Murray & Roberts, Group Five, WBHO, Basil Read and Stefanutti Stocks have denied collusion.

Murray & Roberts have been granted leniency.

“They have denied collusive tendering, but we have evidence that they were involved in such behaviour,” said Mava Scott, the spokesperson for the Competition Commission.

“We have referred the matter to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication,” he said.

“They face collusion charges.”

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