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Mvula tender heads to Parliament

The DA will ask questions in Parliament about how the tender was awarded.

South African Parliament. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions around a R30 million government tender awarded to the Mvula Trust, and shared with a company owned by one of its trustees, will now be asked in Parliament.

On Tuesday, a joint investigation by Eyewitness News and Daily Maverick revealed that Corruption Watch has written to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, asking it to investigate the deal.

A founder of the trust has also spoken out and said it is sad to see a respected organisation come under fire for alleged fronting.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s James Steenhuisen said government has a lot of explaining to do.

"It also goes to the heart of the control mechanisms within the department of Cooperative Governance. Clearly, the tender bid was not looked at properly."

The trust's founder Mike Muller said Mvula's current trustees need to ask themselves some tough questions.

He said the trust was originally set up to distribute funds donated by government, groups and individuals.

With the birth of a new democracy, its role became a bit more unclear.

He said the trust must decide whether to shut its doors and move towards an advocacy role, or focus on technical project management.

Mvula has denied allegations of fronting and said no corruption has taken place.

A police investigation into the tender is also underway.

The DA said it will ask questions in Parliament about how this tender was awarded.