Madonsela probes Pilgrims Rest tenders

Investigations will decide if statutory requirements were adhered to when tenders were awarded.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday launched an investigation into the awarding of tenders to new shop tenants in Pilgrim's Rest.

The investigation would determine whether statutory requirements had been adhered to in the awarding of tenders after it emerged that tenants were given 30 days' notice by the Department of Public Works to vacate their shops and make way for the new recipients of the tenders.

The Freedom Front Plus asked Madonsela to investigate.

In July, the North Gauteng High Court issued an order restraining the Mpumalanga Provincial Government from evicting anyone.

"She is investigating," the Public Protector's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe.

"She is assisted by the Mpumalanga Provincial office to conduct the investigation."