The response to a question about the controversial Amathole toilet contract that I received from the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs today are a shameless cover up and countenance of a disgraceful abuse of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) regulations and in particular regulation 32 thereof. Reply to IQP 16 for oral reply Amathole toilet tender
The Amathole contract for R634-milion is considerably greater in scope than the Northern Cape contract for R114-million, the toilets in the Northern Cape are also poorly constructed and the contract is incomplete.
This means that contracting a company on the strength of a previously failed contract has disastrous consequences for service delivery as seen in the Amathole toilet debacle.
In a follow-up question, where the MEC was asked if there would be an investigation, it was stated that the Amathole district municipality was investigating this matter. This is farcical as the likelihood that this municipality will investigate and find against itself is remote.
This means that despite this contract being highly controversial and the fact that the work and service delivery provided is substandard, there will be no consequences. This is precisely why the claim that the ANC is “leading the fight against corruption” is false.
DA Federal Chairperson and Eastern Cape provincial leader