Tshwane mayor orders probe into fuel tender following allegations of kickbacks

accreditation
Stevens Mokgalapa.
Stevens Mokgalapa.
Deaan Vivier

Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has ordered an investigation into a three-year tender to provide the municipality with fuel, after allegations of tender irregularities and corruption surfaced.

Mokgalapa ordered the probe on Monday following an article by amaBhungane that detailed several issues surrounding a fuel tender worth around R500m, which was awarded to Balimi Barui Trading (BBT) and two other companies.

AmaBhungane reported BBT should never have won the tender as its prices were high, claiming the company's director, Hendricks Kganyago, had paid millions to EFF leader Julius Malema.

READ| Tender comrades part 2: Tshwane tenderpreneur’s R15m 'EFF tithe'

The report links several payments from Kganyago to Malema and a company connected to EFF MP Marshall Dlamini. These payments, which started before the tender was awarded and continued throughout the year, amounted to R15m.

Malema and the EFF are accused of taking kickbacks for contracts in Tshwane, where they played kingmaker after the 2016 municipal elections.

AmaBhugane also reported that none of the role players implicated in its investigation provided answers to questions that were put to them.

Mokgalapa has asked acting municipal manager Moeketsi Ntsimane to initiate a probe with a particular focus on whether BBT was the suitable company to be awarded the tender, what process was followed to finalise pricing and contracts as well as whether there was any interference by Tshwane senior officials in awarding the tender.

ANALYSIS | Tender comrades: When it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

Ntsimane will also investigate whether concerns raised by some of the bid adjudication members about pricing discrepancies were expressed and addressed appropriately.

"This will enable the City to establish the facts and implement appropriate consequence management measures," Mokgalapa said in a statement.

"It remains my key priority to provide service delivery to the residents of Tshwane through clean and honest governance that is free from corruption."

The mayor also lashed out at amaBhungane, accusing it of ignoring previous responses provided by the City that detailed reasons behind the awarding of the fuel tender to BBT.

In the same breath, he also requested that amaBhungane provide the City with prima facie evidence that would assist in proving the allegations.

EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not be immediately reached for comment. His comments will be added once received.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.57
+1.0%
Rand - Pound
19.66
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
16.71
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.15
+0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.2%
Gold
1,853.66
0.0%
Silver
22.12
0.0%
Palladium
2,076.50
0.0%
Platinum
956.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
119.43
+1.7%
Top 40
63,883
+1.4%
All Share
70,486
+1.4%
Resource 10
76,948
+0.6%
Industrial 25
76,115
+1.3%
Financial 15
16,257
+2.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE