DA wants answers over KZN Agric tender

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP

Member of the DA Caucus in the KZN Legislature

The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Agriculture MEC, Meshack Radebe to clarify why a company named Thethelela Thetha Investments and Projects has been awarded contracts to the value of more than R1 million over the past year, seemingly without any of the projects going out to tender.

The call comes after a July 2013 parliamentary reply by the MEC to questions posed by the DA, which shows that the company provided transport and catering for journalists a total of nine times between February 2012 and February 2013 to the value of R1 120 491.93.  This equates to some R125 000 per contract – one wonders where journalists were being transported to and what they were being fed.

The DA’s own research shows no evidence of any tenders being issued for this work.  Further investigation indicates that Thethelela Thetha Investments and Projects is an ‘ad hoc’ company with a registered address within a residential area and no visible presence.

This raises serious questions around whether the company has been established with the sole purpose of securing lucrative government tenders.

The DA expects the MEC to explain the role of Thethelela Thethe Investments and Projects within his department and furnish proof that the tender process was followed.  Just over a million rand may not be a hugely significant amount but it is the principle that counts and policy must be adhered to.