By Chris Hattingh, DA Constituency Head, Matlosana, Klerksdorp:
The Democratic Alliance in Matlosana has conducted their own oversight of Tshireletso Professional Services, contracted by the City of Matlosana, to protect four water purification plants, who arm their security guards with only paintball guns.
That DA discovered that some guards are only equipped with batons and not even with paintball guns.
It is absolutely unacceptable, and an affront to the people of Matlosana that this security business received over R24 million for their services in a 22 month period without so much a single firearm on-site.
An audit report, from July 2014 to May 2015, titled Supply Chain Management-Contract Management revealed that Tshireletso is in breach of contract and it recommended that the contract be terminated for “non-performance or under performance”.
Despite these huge contract payments to Tshireletso continuing after this audit report, municipal property valued at R820 000 was still stolen or destroyed from under Tshireletso’s nose.
By arming the security guards with paintball guns the security company exposes state facilities to criminals. They furthermore endanger the lives of their employees and leave them vulnerable to criminal attacks.
Placing the municipality under administration previously has not produced any substantial improvements.
Tshireletso Security Company is in full breach of their agreement and yet the Municipality has not terminated their contract.
The DA will write to the Matlosana Municipal Administrator not only to provide reasons for the failure to implement recommendations contained in the audit report but also to demand the immediate termination of Tshireletso’s contract.
The DA will demand that Tshireletso reimburse the municipality for all losses incurred under its watch. The Administrator will be asked to investigate if supply management procedures were followed in the appointment of the said security business.
The DA strongly condemns this fruitless contract and demands that a qualified service provider be appointed.