Limpopo dept ‘studying Madonsela report, not delaying’

2012-10-11 09:00
The Limpopo transport department has declined to comment on a Public Protector report alleging unlawful awarding of tenders.

“We will be responding to what the Public Protector is saying. It is only that at this stage we are not ready because we have not gone through the report,” the department’s spokesperson Joshua Kwapa told SAfm today.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that tenders awarded to On-Point Engineering by the Limpopo transport department were unlawful.

She found On-Point and former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema benefited improperly from this. Malema’s business partner Lesiba Gwangwa is chief executive of On-Point.

Kwapa said the department only received the protector’s report at 6pm yesterday, the same day Madonsela addressed the media on the matter.

“We have to first study the report ... when we say we are studying the report, it is seen as a delaying tactic. You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed,” said Kwapa.

Madonsela received three complaints in July 2011 and decided to investigate allegations that the department of roads and transport awarded the On-Point tender corruptly.

Also under scrutiny were claims that Malema used his political position to influence the awarding of tenders by the department and the Limpopo government in general.

She also investigated whether Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust and/or Malema benefited improperly from the tender awarded to On-Point.

Madonsela said she found the awarding of the tender was unlawful after perusing documents relating to its procurement, interviewing officials, and consulting the National Treasury. Relevant laws and records were also analysed.

The total amount paid by the department to On-Point in terms of the contract at the end of June 2012 was R43 868 900.