DA submits PAJA to obtain documents on dodgy asbestos eradication contracts

By Leona Kleynhans, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:

The DA instructed its legal counsel to proceed with an application under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) (Act No 3 of 2000) to access all contractual documentation and any other relevant information pertaining to a contract between the Free State Provincial Department of Human Settlements and Blackhead Consulting (Pty)Ltd.

The DA has reason to believe that the contract awarded to Blackhead Consulting (Pty)Ltd, for the identification and eradication of asbestos roofing of houses built in the Free State prior to 1994, is irregular.

In our application, we also requested the Head of Department for Human Settlements, Mr Nthimotse Mokhesi, to undertake in writing that he will place a moratorium on all immediate and further financial payments to Blackhead Consulting(Pty)Ltd.

Failure to do so may result in the DA approaching the High Court to obtain an urgent interdict against the department to prevent the release of such payments.

It is alleged that almost R100 million has been made in payments to Blackhead Consulting (Pty)Ltd to date.

The DA wants to know exactly what work this company has done to justify these payments.

We urge Human Settlements MEC, Ms Olly Mlamleli, to ensure Mr Mokhesi make all information available to us as soon as possible.