Call to cancel Vazi’s catering tender deal: Daily Dispatch

OPPOSITION political parties have threatened legal action if the Eastern Cape legislature does not cancel a three-year catering tender awarded to controversial East London businesswoman Viwe Vazi’s company, Above and Beyond.

In a joint media briefing yesterday, the DA and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called on the Bhisho Legislature to cancel the tender.

EFF MPL and provincial leader Themba Wele said his party was prepared to take the matter to court if the legislature failed to heed their call.

“We as the party have been calling for the tender process to be scrapped if it fails to be transparent. This tender process has actually made our people poorer than they are,” Wele said.

“If you are not from a wellknown family or politically connected you will not be even considered for a tender.”

Wele’s call was supported by the DA’s provincial leader and MPL Athol Trollip, who said his party had raised concerns about the deteriorating state of the institution’s dining room.

“Our worry is that we had an incompetent service provider and we don’t even know if this one will be able to do the work,” Trollip said. “Sometimes the dining room is without cutlery … we are not sure if this new one will be worse.”

The legislature appointed Above and Beyond earlier this month as a new service provider for three years to feed more than 350 staff and members of the legislature.

The company will provide breakfast, lunch, fast food, drinks and sweets and will also cater for all events in the legislature.

Vazi is among those facing fraud and money laundering charges involving funds set aside by Buffalo City Metro for memorial services for the late former president Nelson Mandela. She has pleaded not guilty. Legislature spokeswoman Bulelwa Ganyaza had not responded to questions at the time of writing. — mphumziz@dispatch.co.za

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