Previous administration’s closed tender adjudication hearings gave ‘fox keys to the henhouse’: Mashaba

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Previous administration’s closed tender adjudication hearings gave ‘fox keys to the henhouse’: Mashaba

TMG Digital | 2017-01-27 09:07:07.0

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the council ‘passed a landmark amendment to the Supply Chain Management Policy‚ finally opening the way for a transparent tender procurement system’. Photo file.

Image by: Simphiwe Nkwali

Thirty-two officials failed to disclose their own interest or that of a close family member‚ partner or associate in contracts worth more that R308-million with the City of Johannesburg.

And false declarations of interest by 80 suppliers to the metro totalled a shade under R1-billion.

These were revealed in the Auditor-General’s report for 2015/16‚ which was tabled in council on Thursday.

“For decades‚ decisions regarding the tender procurement process have been shrouded in secrecy; benefiting the elite of the previous administrations and their cronies at the expense of service delivery and the residents of this city‚” mayor Herman Mashaba said.

“This was tantamount to giving a fox keys to the henhouse.”

On Thursday‚ Mashaba said‚ the council “passed a landmark amendment to the Supply Chain Management Policy‚ finally opening the way for a transparent tender procurement system”.

This will allow the public to attend tender adjudication hearings.

“As from February‚ the Tender Adjudication Committee will now admit members of the public directly into their proceedings. These proceedings are a crucial stage at which a tender is assessed and adjudicated on its merits and awarded to the applicant best suited for the job‚” the mayor said.

“This also finally brings the city’s tender processing system in line with the spirit of section 217 of the constitution which requires that the procurement of goods or services by government must be in ‘… accordance with a system which is fair‚ equitable‚ transparent‚ competitive and cost-effective’.”

The officials and suppliers identified in the Auditor-General’s report will “be investigated further and disciplinary steps taken‚ based on the results of the investigations”.



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