EFF calls for tender system to be scrapped

The EFF'S Mandisa Mashego says the open tender system is reactionary.

Members of the Provincial Legislature debating the Gauteng State of the Province Address on 25 February, 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for the scrapping of the tender system and has questioned why Gauteng Premier David Makhura's State of the Province Address was held in Sebokeng.

Members of the Provincial Legislature have been debating the address.

The opposition feels the provincial government wasted taxpayers' money by hosting the opening of the legislature at a sports facility in Sebokeng on Monday.

They say the money spent on heavy security, bottled water and food was unnecessary.

The EFF's Mandisa Mashego began by saluting protesting students calling for free education.

She says the open tender system, which is designed to create transparency in procurement of government contracts, is reactionary.

Earlier, the African National Congress' Lebogang Maile referred to members of the EFF as "hooligans who have nothing to offer".

Earlier, Makhura was criticised for not paying attention to the drought crisis.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) kicked off the debate by flagging that Makhura only mentioned the drought in three lines of his speech.

The party's Jack Bloom also questioned Makhura's decision to Mashatile back into the fold.