Public Protector investigating Kimberley Diamond Cup contract

Andrew Louw, MPL

DA Provincial Leader

The Democratic Alliance is pleased that the Office of the Public Protector is investigating the awarding of the contract for the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

This comes after the owner of a Johannesburg company laid a complaint regarding the way in which the tender process was handled by the economic development department.

According to the owner, one of the three companies that tendered for the contract may have received special treatment from the department. This includes the department disqualifying a late submission, even though the successful bid was also handed in late.

This anomaly raises concerns and must be investigated.

This is just one of the many questions that continue to go unanswered about the Kimberley Diamond Cup. After much speculation regarding the reasons for the withdrawal of the Maloof family from the international skateboarding tournament, MEC John Block reportedly indicated that the department terminated the contract with the Maloof family. Block, however, failed to provide the public with reasons for this. A proper explanation of the financial implications has also not been forthcoming.

Given that roughly R200 million worth of state funds have already been funnelled into this mega event since its start in 2011, Block owes the people of the Northern Cape some answers. This is taxpayer’s money and accountability is not negotiable.

The DA hopes that the Office of the Public Protector will succeed in exposing the truth. And we strongly suspect that this will open up a new can of worms.