Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed the Public Protector’s finding that a contract awarded by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to Azande Consulting CC and Vee-el Promotions (Pty) (Ltd) was irregular.
The Public Protector found that other bidders for the contract were unfairly disqualified by the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) and the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC), and that the contract resulted in an irregular expenditure of R278 717 752 for SASSA.
DA Shadow Minister of Social Development Bridget Masango said the DA will keep a close eye on SASSA’s implementation of the Public Protector’s recommendations, including whether action had been taken against the implicated SASSA employees, including referral for criminal investigations.
“For many years, an Agency meant to assist South Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable have let down those in their care.”