Pikitup backs contractor against fraud claims

Amanda Nair says a new report focused on gathering more information that exonerates the company.

Pikitup garden site in Linde. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Waste management service Pikitup on Thursday said it had full confidence in a company awarded a R263 million contract.

This is despite an earlier investigation by accounting firm Ernst & Young recommending that criminal charges be instituted against Aqua Transport and Plant Hire for fraud and alleged irregular activities.

But Pikitup CEO Amanda Nair said a supplementary forensic investigation by the City of Johannesburg's bid adjudication committee approved the deal.

Nair said the new report was focused on gathering more information that exonerates the company.

"When the forensic report was done there was a challenge with information and gathering all the information was pertinent to issues of the forensics report. So I don't think anybody's wrong, because Ernest & Young's credibility is on the table."