Ekurhuleni has nowhere to hide on open tenders

Ashor Sarupen MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Finance

The Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality can no longer refuse on the issue of opening its tender committee processes to public and media scrutiny, after Premier David Makhura announced that the Gauteng Provincial Government would begin to open up its tender processes.

During my time as a DA Councillor in Ekurhuleni, I tabled several measures to open up the various committees awarding tenders, but was obstructed each time by the ANC. A motion tabled in this regard was rejected by the Speaker of the Ekurhuleni Metro in early 2011, and the DA managed to bring the issue for debate in October 2011 to the council floor during the revision of the cities Supply Chain Management Policy – at which point the ANC voted down the measure.

Mayor Mondli Gungubele routinely dismissed my calls and attempts to open tender processes in the city up to scrutiny.
Ekurhuleni has had countless scandals – the awarding of large scale tenders, including IT tenders, a R700-million water meter tender that is now the subject of an SIU investigation and most recently, a tender for R32-million that was awarded to undertake an ‘institutional review.’

If there is truly no corruption to hide in Ekurhuleni, the Mayor should follow Premier Makhura’s lead and finally heed my call and institute an open tender process in the metro.

My DA colleagues in Ekurhuleni will be re-tabling my original motion on open tender processes for adoption in the metro.