Ashor Sarupen MPL
DA Gauteng spokesperson on Finance
Economic Development MEC, Lebogang Maile, has admitted that the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller irregularly awarded tenders to the value of R3, 015, 327.70 in the 2012/13 financial year.
In a written reply, the MEC indicates that tenders were awarded to companies that did not meet the following supply chain management or tender regulations:
- Taxes not in order with the South African Receiver of Revenue;
- Preference point system was not applied;
- Failure to provide valid BEE certificates.
Failure to exercise responsible financial control and flouting supply chain management policy is in violation of public financial legislation and is subject to prosecution.
Whilst the MEC has indicated that controls have been implemented within the department to better regulate supply chain management policy, officials who signed off on these contracts need to be held liable.
The DA will write to the MEC and insist that the department take punitive action against employees who awarded these tenders.