DA query MEC’s plans to rid KZN of shoddy contractors

Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements

The Democratic Alliance will put KZN Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay on the spot with parliamentary questions around how he plans to ensure that shoddy contractors within the province are blacklisted and do not keep receiving state tenders.

This after last week’s revelation that eThekwini municipality has awarded controversial businesswomen Shawn Mpisane’s company, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, yet another multimillion rand tender – this time to the tune of R255 million.  The contract is for the construction of low cost housing in Umlazi.  It is alleged that eThekweni by-passed all standard tender processes in the awarding of this tender.

The DA is appalled that despite being notorious for shoddy workmanship and being linked to numerous dodgy tenders, Zikhulise continues to be on the receiving end of municipal contracts.

Included amongst the questions that the DA will submit to MEC Pillay are;

  • Is Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport blacklisted from getting any state contracts?  If not, why not?
  • Will the MEC take any steps to ensure that Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport are blacklisted in KZN?  If not, why not?
  • Has the company rectified the poorly constructed houses in Umlazi’s B10 project?  If not, why not?
  • If not, then when will the company rectify these houses?

Ethekwini Municipality currently constructs houses on behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, and receives subsidies to that effect. It is therefore the MEC’s responsibility to ensure that any municipality acting on his behalf does so with great responsibility and does not abuse its powers to enrich its friends and cronies.

It is on this basis that the DA will request that the MEC reveal what steps he plans to take to get rid of shoddy contractors.