Masutha awaits outcome of audit into R378 mln prison tender

The deal has come into question after Treasury found the tender process to have been irregular.

file: YouTube screengrab of Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services says it is awaiting outcomes of an audit into the controversial multi-million rand prison tender awarded to security company, Integritron Integrated Solutions.

The R378 million deal has come into question after Treasury found the tender process to have been irregular.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has reportedly written to Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha instructing that the contract be cancelled.

In Parliament earlier this month, Masutha confirmed he had received the letter from Gordhan.

"I wrote back to him to indicate that I await a process that is currently ongoing of looking into that award by the Auditor General. I cannot act on matters that have not been audited."

Masutha added that audit outcomes will determine the department's response.

"If we find that there is basis to take corrective action in that regard, we will do so. No problem. I may just add in that regard that of course there is litigation underway."