PREMIER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT PHAKISA FLEET CONTRACT

The Democratic Alliance will not allow the Phakisa R3,2 billion fleet contract debacle to be swept under the carpet. The Premier will be called to account to the Legislature and the Province in terms of a question for oral reply posed by me, for the February sitting.

The demise of a R3,2 billion contract cannot simply disappear without a full and proper explanation. A joint committee of Finance and Transport was assured under oath that there was nothing wrong with the contract whatsoever.

Some two months after the meeting this contract was suddenly found to be unsuitable.

The Premier needs to explain to the House exactly what went wrong and why it went wrong. This province needs management that can adjudicate tenders in such a way that all aspects can be fully investigated. This debacle must not be allowed to repeat itself ever again. We await the Premier’s explanation with keen interest and depending on the nature thereof, we will decide what further steps to take.

This province needs to take a leaf out of the books of the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape where the DA is in government – there tenders are adjudicated in public. This will allow all interested parties to ensure that there is fair play and due diligence.

Given the fact that the Province will see little if any real increased in its provincial budget this year, we cannot afford to waste scares resources on mismanagement or giving huge contracts out to companies who are totally unsuitable.

The question for oral reply to the Premier reads as follows:

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY

Mr R S Stevenson to ask the Premier :

What is the reason for the cancellation of the fleet contract for the Province?

Was this information available when the joint committee of transport and finance was assured, under oath, by the officials and the MEC for transport, that there was nothing wrong with the Phakisa Fleet contract in the latter part of last year?

Was this contract approved by the full Cabinet?

If so, was all information available at the time?

If not, why not?

For further information, please contact Bobby Stevenson, MPL on 082 775 3444.