By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance:
The DA has today filed a complaint with the Protector to probe the more than R230 million water projects tender scandal that was halted while the manner in which tenders were awarded to 15 companies in Sekhukhune District Municipality is being questioned.
These MIG water projects tenders were irregularly awarded to the 15 companies even though they all failed to produce Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) credentials and audited financial statements by the former Acting Municipal Manager, Benedicta Monama.
The projects were supposed to have been completed in the following villages:
- Ga Moloi water reticulation (Makhuduthamaga Municipality)-R40 Million
- Ga Maphopha Command reservoir (Tubatse Municipality)-R34447 266
- Ga Maphopha, Ga Malekana, Ga Masha, Ga Mapea water reticulation (Elias Motsoaledi Municipality)-R20 million
- Zaaiplaas Connector pipes ( Tubatse Municipality)-R27929 592
- Oliphants Connector pipes (Elias Motsoaledi Municipality)-3 million
- Tafelkoop water reticulation and cost recovery system (Elias Motsoaledi Municipality)-R15616 670
- Sekwati water supply Ext.Phase 4 (Makhuduthamaga Municipality) –R29 007 406
Residents in all these villages have been without water for almost five years and are now forced to share water with animals in the river because of tender irregularities in their respective municipalities.
Some residents resorted to service delivery protests in Tubatse and barricaded all roads leading to town with burning tyres and burning more than five cars and trucks demanding water in their area.
The report released by the National Treasury, has requested the municipality to put these MIG projects on hold and re-advertise the tenders.
The DA urges that municipality accelerate the process of re-advertising these tenders to ensuring that Sekhukhune residents get clean running water. In the meantime, the municipality must provide water tanks to the residents as an interim measure to avoid drinking contaminated water from the river and streams.
The DA will further engage Cooperative Governance MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje, to blacklist all these 15 companies and ensure that the government investigates these companies and remove their names from the government’s database and take decisive action against implicated officials.