AUDITING firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been appointed to investigate allegations of corruption in Road Agency Limpopo (RAL).
The agency is a parastatal responsible for road construction projects in the province.
The firm will investigate alleged irregularities related to the awarding of tenders by RAL.
It will review and report on issues relating to the awarding of tenders and recent reports of tender fraud.
Claims of fraudulent activities at RAL emerged in October last year after it was discovered that management had allegedly awarded itself salary increases of between 78 and 94 percent.
Preliminary investigations into RAL's affairs had suggested that tenders might have been manipulated by individuals in the agency in favour of a few companies.
The provincial department of roads and transport had also conducted an analysis that showed that a total of seven companies between them got 90 percent of road infrastructure projects over the past two years.
RAL board chairperson Sello Rasethaba said yesterday investigators would focus, among other things, on how road infrastructure tenders worth more than R100 million were awarded to companies owned by members of the previous board.
The move was triggered by a recent discovery that a former RAL employee was awarded a R90 million tender two months after he had resigned.