Madonsela to report on W. Cape tender

The Public Protector is expected to shed light on a controversial Western Cape tender.

Thuli Madonsela to release a report on a communications tender put out by the Western Cape government. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector is expected to release a full report on an investigation into a multi-million rand Western Cape government communications tender on Friday.

In April, a leaked draft report found that the tender awarded to advertising agency TBWAHunt Lascaris in 2010 was unlawful and should be terminated.

Thuli Madonsela was asked to investigate, among other concerns, whether there was political influence and corruption involved in the awarding of the tender.

The draft report found that the Western Cape government had incurred fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R8,696. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille previously said while she admitted the wasteful expenditure could have been avoided, it was money which had to be spent to prevent any further unnecessary spending due to an error in the process.

Madonsela found that the inclusion of Zille's special advisors on the tender bid evaluation committee was unlawful and amounted to improper conduct.

Zille was quick to reject the report that described the key finding as fatally flawed.

She met with Madonsela a week after the leak to discuss the issue.

The full report will be released on Friday.