Premier to cut costly deals

20090805PMO:South African Informal Traders Forum are tired of been harassed by the Metro Police yesterday marched  to the Legislature to present the memorundum to the Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.PIC:PETER MOGAKI. 05/08/2009. © SOWETAN
20090805PMO:South African Informal Traders Forum are tired of been harassed by the Metro Police yesterday marched to the Legislature to present the memorundum to the Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.PIC:PETER MOGAKI. 05/08/2009. © SOWETAN

GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says her administration wastes money by awarding contracts to middlemen who inflate prices to line their pockets.

GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says her administration wastes money by awarding contracts to middlemen who inflate prices to line their pockets.

Mokonyane was speaking during her medium-term budget of R850million in Johannesburg yesterday.

She said the government would terminate contracts facilitated through middlemen.

"We have noted with concern that in some instances the government is wasting money by awarding contracts to middlemen who put huge mark-ups for goods and services which they source from third parties.

"Some of these contracts may be terminated to save costs and ensure more prudent use of taxpayers' money," Mokonyane said.

The finance department has already started reviewing the contracts.

"The business of managing government programmes and projects cannot be entirely auctioned to the most persuasive bidder," Mokonyane said.

She added that the audit of contracts would unavoidably hand the opposition parties with an opportunity to score political points.

"They exploit the privilege of this house by posing and creating a false impression that they are the ones who have identified corruption when the contrary is true."

Departing from her predecessor's style of leadership, Mo-konyane was firm that the premier's office would not be a ceremonial institution content with sod-turning and ribbon-cutting activities.

"The premier's office drives the strategic direction of the entire Gauteng government.

"It is the nerve-centre that coordinates the programmes of the province," Mokonyane said.

"The perception that the premier should be seen only in high places dining and drinking, while the masses are neglected, needs to change."

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