DA files complaint with Public Protector to investigate Limpopo’s R19m unfinished road project

By Robert Mahubedu, DA Councillor – Greater Tubatse Municipality:

The DA has today filed a complaint with the Public Protector to probe the Greater Tubatse Municipality for paying a staggering R19 million to a contractor for the 3 kilometres road project which was never completed.

The Department of Treasury advertised a tender on the behalf of the municipality on the department’s Tender Bulletin, No 18 of 2013/14 financial year to tar the junction R36 and D4158 to Makopung village at the cost of R19 million for a 3km road.

The contractor only managed to finish 2.5 kilometres and vanished with the money without completing the job.

During an oversight visit to the area, the DA noted that there are no signs that the remaining portion can be finished anytime soon as all equipments and construction vehicles have been removed on the site.

It is clear that finishing the remaining 500km stretch will be a pipedream which will never come true due to lack of monitoring from government officials before making the final payments.

It is also alleged that the contractor was given a whopping bonus of R3.1 million after completing the 2,5 kilometres road.

This is a total abuse of power and a pure fruitless expenditure that deserves to be thoroughly investigated by the Public Protector.

The taxpayer’s money could have been utilised to accelerate the services within the municipality instead of enriching an individual who did not even finish the job.

The municipality has a huge backlog of service delivery where angry residents opted to barricade all roads leading to Burgersfort Mall with burning tyres and further burnt more than five vehicles.

The DA believes that an investigation by the Public Protector will have answers to this fruitless expenditure and ensure that  that officials implicated in this financial mismanagement are held accountable and recoup the taxpayers’ money.