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'Probe nyanda's state tenders '

By Sowetan Reporter | Jul 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Democratic Alliance has called on the Public Protector to investigate all state tenders awarded to Communication Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

The Public Protector is at present investigating a R67,8million tender unlawfully awarded to General Nyanda Security (GNS) Risk Advisory (now renamed Abalozi), a company in which Nyanda has a 50percent stake.

DA shadow communication minister Niekie van den Berg yesterday called on the Public Protector to investigate three other tenders awarded to GNS.

These include:

  • A R19million tender irregularly awarded to GNS by dismissed Transnet boss Siyabonga Gama. The cost of the tender is said to have escalated to R55million.
  • A tender to award "various security-related functions" to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
  • An alleged tender from the Gauteng provincial government to investigate and protect the provincial government garage.

The call follows yesterday's media reports that Nyanda wants to suspend his director-general, Mamodupi Mohlala, after repeated disagreements over tenders she refused to sign.

"The minister adds to his own highly questionable track record by suspending the director-general for trying to do her job," Van den Berg said.

It was reported that Nyanda had instructed that all tenders for his department be cancelled until he had approved them.

"Why is the minister seeking to revert control of all departmental tenders to himself? It runs against all the basic tenets of good governance and ideas like accountability, competition and transparency, as listed in the Public Finance Management Act," the DA MP said.

" I will be writing to the public protector requesting an investigation of all state tenders awarded to companies linked to Nyanda."

He said the DA would also ask in Parliament what other state departments and entities had contract with Nyanda-linked companies.


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