R3,9BN TENDER SET TO BE PROBED
ANOTHER multi-billion rand tender to Bosasa is being probed.
Bosasa is the company accused of bribing Correctional Services officials after receiving a R2,1billion tender.
Yesterday President Jacob Zuma's office declined to respond to a call by the chairperson of Parliament's standing committee (Scopa) on public accounts for the president to recall former correctional services minister Ngconde Balfour.
Now ambassador to Botswana, Balfour was the minister when Bosasa was awarded the suspect tender.
Auditor-General Terrence Nombembe has agreed to a request from the Eastern Cape provincial legislature that he investigate how a Bosasa company, Phakisa Fleet Solutions, won a R3,9billion contract to manage the province's 2900 strong fleet of cars.
Nombembe's spokesperson Africa Boso said the AG and provincial legislature were "currently working out terms of engagement on how such a probe would be done".
Phakisa won the contract last month. But their competitors raised alarm when they realised the R3,9billion bid was about R800million above the limit set by the provincial government.
Sowetan is in possession of the confidential "request for proposals" inviting bids for the contract, which says government "will not consider bids that exceed the affordability target" of R506million a year, plus inflation - a limit of about R3,1billion.
The Makhubu Consortium, which bid R2,6billion for the contract, has asked the Bhisho high court to set Phakisa's contract aside.
Chairperson of the provincial legislature's roads and transport committee Xolile Nqatha said the committee hoped the AG would conclude his investigation urgently.
Bosasa spokesperson Papa Leshabane said they welcomed the investigation and pledged to cooperate.
Zuma's spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said the presidency could not comment because it had yet to received the Scopa report.
On Monday Scopa called on Zuma to "show his commitment to fighting corruption" and recall Balfour.
This after a three-year investigation by the Special Investigation Unit concluded that some Correctional Services officials received kickbacks, including cars and a house, from Bosasa.
Yesterday DA MP James Selfe also asked for the former national prison commissioner Linda Mti to be summoned to Parliament.