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Dept. yet to comment on Mvula fronting claims

There is still no clarity regarding allegations of “fronting” in a R30 million tender.

There is still no clarity regarding allegations of “fronting” in a R30 million tender.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is yet to respond to news of alleged "fronting" in a R30 million tender it awarded.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News revealed how the department was called on to investigate how the tender was awarded.

The tender was awarded in 2011 to help channel hundreds of thousands of rand in wages from government to casual workers in various communities.

Wednesday will mark a week since Eyewitness News sent questions to the department asking whether it plans to take action.

Corruption Watch spent four months investigating the awarding of the tender and has sent its report to government.

The organisation's David Lewis says many questions need to be answered.

"The work that the company has been contracted to do is an incredibly important part of the whole project."

Mvula Trust has denied any fronting, but admits one of its trustees runs a company which won a portion of the tender.

The Mvula Trust is the largest water and sanitation non-governmental organisation in the country.