Tenders to rebuild damages caused by KZN floods reveal corruption

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A preliminary report by the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa into the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s (DPWI) tenders to rebuild State-owned properties damaged by the April floods has revealed widespread risks of corruption.

These funds are meant to rebuild crucial infrastructure and it is disheartening, but hardly surprising, that these funds are in danger of being looted.

The AG has recommended an investigation into instances of non-compliance to determine the cause of the risks and requested that irregular expenditure identified from the projects should be included in the 2022/23 annual financial statements. The AG’s office has also referred the matter to the labour relations and legal services unit to investigate further.

The DA calls upon the DPWI to refuse all payments to any company that has been flagged until the investigation is completed.The AG’s report has flagged “tenders to companies owned by the same director, service providers owned by State employee  and suppliers that did not exist on government’s central supplier database”

DA Shadow Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Samantha Graham-Maré after State capture, “we were promised that there would be no more corruption; when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we were promised that there would be no PPE corruption; when the floods came in KZN, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised that there would be no corruption in tenders and procurement, yet here we are”.

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