By Adriana Randall MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Finance:
The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), while maintaining an internal record of blacklisted contractors, does not share this information with National Treasury, in turn placing the entire Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) at risk.
DID, responsible for crucial infrastructure projects across the province is often the target of fly-by-night contractors who, aided by poor internal controls and vetting processes, contribute heavily to this departments notoriously bloated expenditure and delayed projects.
In a written reply from DID MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, it was established that the department is taking steps to blacklist defaulting contractors.
While this is a much needed and welcomed step, the MEC has indicated this information – as required by treasury regulations, is not shared with National Treasury.
Ultimately, another GPG department, unaware of the unscrupulous nature of a contractor who has been blacklisted by DID will be caught unaware as this information will not appear on the National Treasury’s blacklist.
This places the limited public purse under immense threat, not only from wasteful expenditure, but it also short changes Gauteng residents of crucial government services. It also excludes legitimate contractors from entering the market.
The DA insists that MEC Mayathula-Khoza provides National Treasury with her department’s record of blacklisted suppliers. I will bring this matter up with Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy to ensure that corruption is rooted out in all GPG departments