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Gross irregularities in Pilgrim's Rest tenders

Madonsela has found irregularities in Mpumalanga's handling of leasing tenders in the area.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found gross irregularities and maladministration in the Mpumalanga government's handling of leasing tenders for businesses in Pilgrim's Rest. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found that were gross irregularities and maladministration in the Mpumalanga government's handling of leasing tenders for businesses in Pilgrim's Rest.

A complaint was lodged in July last year.

Businesses which had been operating at premises rented from the provincial government for many years were illegally ordered to vacate their premises to make way for new business owners.

Madonsela has ordered the Mpumalanga government to cancel all the new shop leases to businesses in the area and start a new procurement process.

She found businesses that had legitimately qualified to be awarded the tenders were prejudiced by the Mpumalanga government's maladministration.

Madonsela also found that the bid specification committee did not have a quorum when it made its decision, evaluation criteria was changed for some tenders and no proper records were kept.