DA Lifts Lid on R6.6 million Failed Soweto Schools Toilet Project

Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Education During an oversight visit to Soweto schools this morning I was shocked to find that a R6.6 million schools toilets renovations is still incomplete. The DA is in possession of a document indicating that Go-Luthi Constructions and Surveyors was awarded a contract to renovate school toilets for four schools in Soweto. This contract was awarded in May 2012, scheduled for completion on 15 August 2012. The value of this contract is R6 662 344.91 million. However, visits to Phiri Primary School, Reutlwile Junior Secondary School, Nkholi Primary School and Sedibathuto Primary School in Soweto proved shocking as the contractor has left all four sites. Learners have been using four temporary toilets for almost a year. Sedibathuto Primary School has also been left with only one functional tap as the pipes supplying water to the learners was cut by the contractor. It is unacceptable that a contractor escapes punishment from the Gauteng Education Department for being paid a large amount of money and disappearing before the job was complete. The DA question Gauteng Education and Infrastructure Development MECs on the project and to determine on what grounds Go-Luthi was awarded this contract and how much was spent for each school. The DA in Gauteng will request action be taken against the contractor who failed to deliver.

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