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Tempers flare over CTICC probe

The ANC staged a walk-out in the Provincial Legislature after tempers flared over the probe.

The ANC staged a walk-out in the Provincial Legislature after tempers flared over the CTICC tender probe. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Tempers and tensions ran high during the final sitting of the Western Cape legislature on Wednesday, which saw the African National Congress (ANC) stage a walk-out after one its members was ordered to leave.

The ruling party's Max Ozinsky and Transport and Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle got into a war of words over the awarding of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)'s architectural design tender for a multimillion rand expansion project.

But when the heckling reached fever pitch, Ozinsky was ordered by the speaker to leave.

ANC leader in the house Lynne Brown says other members walked out in protest.

"The speaker doesn't understand that democracy means people can oppose you. It means that people can go up against what you are saying and there has to be freedom of speech within the house."

The City of Cape Town's forensic investigation found evidence of irregularities in way the tender was awarded.

Last week, the CTICC board announced it was continuing with the expansion project using the existing architectural team, saying there was not sufficient grounds to cancel the contract.