Lephalale Muni dubiously cancels a tender already awarded

Desiree van der Walt MPL

DA Limpopo Legislature Caucus Leader

Lephalale Municipality underhandedness in the manner it cancelled the contract (click here)  it had already concluded with a service provider to install street solar lighting, exposes it to an array of legal challenges.

The only plausible explanation for this cancellation is that this service provider refused to pay a R60 000 bribe.

This municipality provisionally awarded a contract to Ilanga Powa (Pty) Ltd in December to install solar lighting on the designated streets of the nearby informal settlements. All that remained were formalities such as the signing of the Service Level Agreement. The service provider begun digging holes to install the solar poles.

During this period, one of the directors of Ilanga was contacted telephonically by a person who represented himself as a municipal official who demanded a R60 000 bribe.

When this request was refused by this director, all municipal officials who were dealing with this tender began to refuse to deal with this company.

All efforts by this company to conclude the deal were in vain.

This was until the company was contacted by telephone to be informed that their contract had been cancelled. No reasons were given.

The only plausible explanation is that this company was penalised because it refused to pay the requested R60 000 bribe.

I will be submitting a PAIA application to this municipality to request all the documents relating to this tender, including the written reasons  why it was cancelled in the manner that it was.