Bid rigging scandal rocks construction industry

A Hawks investigation has revealed that several major construction companies were implicated in bid rigging.

The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg has been temporarily renamed to the National Stadium. Picture: Wikipedia

JOHANNESBURG - Engineering and construction companies including Murray & Roberts, Group Five, Concor and Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) have been implicated in a bid rigging scandal.

According to a report in the City Press newspaper on Sunday, the companies fixed state contracts and other contracts worth billions of rand.

Some of the 'fixed' projects include the National Stadium in Soweto, Greenpoint Soccer Stadium in Cape Town, the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg and the Gautrain.

It was reported that at least 11 affidavits have detailed a record of formal kickbacks to those who were implicated in the scandal.

A price fixing racket has also been submitted to the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority.

The Hawk's Paul Ramoloko said, "We do have an investigation in that direction, however, we are not in a position to say who is being implicated and how long we have been working on the case for."