CPT tightens tender process

In order to prevent public servants from benefitting from tenders, the city will tighten its supplier process.

City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday strongly criticised the DA-run municipality for underplaying its recent qualified audit report.

The city said that it plans on tightening the process of assessing suppliers to prevent public servants and the politically connected from benefitting from tenders.

The report identified the problem as stemming from officials and employees of other spheres of government being awarded contracts.

The city maintains irregularities identified by the Auditor-General were minor.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said that it was not as bad as it seemed.

"The Auditor-General uncovered that certain counsellors were doing business with the city and that is not allowed by law. The AG then just asked us to put in systems that can prevent that. Those systems have been put in place now."

De Lille's deputy, Ian Nielsen said they have halted contracts with about 12 city workers who were involved in supplying services to council.

"The city has stopped all business with them and the matters are being investigated by our forensic department and we getting legal advice on how to take that matter forward in terms of disciplinary action."

Nielsen said control measures were already in place.

"Unfortunately some cases slipped through last year because our control mechanisms were inadequate. We have now significantly improved those controls, to ensure that we do a full test against our staff membership and every tender."

But ANC chief whip in the city, Xolani Sotashe, slammed Nielsen for insisting the irregularities were minor.

"Nielsen is always twisting the information. He talks about minor. Millions of rands cannot be minor. He's talking nonsense! Taxpayer's money cannot be minor."