Madonsela, Mokonyane to meet as part of Lesotho water project probe

Minister Mokonyane is accused of delaying tender processes in order to allow a consulting firm to be hired.

FILE: The Lesotho Highlands water project. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is today meeting with Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane as part of her investigation into allegations of abuse of power and tender irregularities related to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

Mokonyane is accused of delaying tender processes in order to allow a consulting firm to be hired, an allegation the minister has denied.

Madonsela's office has confirmed that the meeting with Minister Mokonyane is scheduled to take place this afternoon.

A former chief delegate and permanent resident of the Lesotho highlands water commission has accused Mokonyane of unfairly demoting her.

The complainant says she was demoted for allegedly refusing to recall a tender process which was already underway.

Madonsela's office says the woman allegedly refused to comply with the minister's order on the grounds that it would have been costly to do so, and it would have delayed the project's ability to solve South Africa and Lesotho's water problems.

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