George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has called for stricter checks for construction tenders in the province as a growing number of government contracts are awarded to politically connected individuals with little or no experience in the building sector.
Companies tendering for contracts must provide evidence of a proven track record. In many instances, they are being awarded lucrative tenders and are also paid upfront for work. They then engage sub-contractors to do the job and fail to pay them.
This has led to many KZN building projects abandoned.
These politically connected cronies are not only fleecing government and leaving sub contractors in the lurch. They are also squandering taxpayers’ money.
Tenders should be going through the provincial Treasury if we are to eradicate fraud and corruption. The DA will continue to motivate this change. In the interim, we call on the province’s Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay to tighten up on tender requirements within his department.