Committee concerned over Mahikeng municipality's tender process

The committee requested a report into why the municipality continues to deviate from the standard tender guidelines last year but it still hasn’t received a response.

FILE: The Mahikeng local municipal council. Picture: @MahikengLM/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The North West Human Settlements Oversight Committee says its concerned over a lack of transparency when following tender appointment procedures at the Mahikeng Local Municipality.

The committee requested a report into why the municipality continues to deviate from the standard tender guidelines over a year ago but says it still hasn’t received a response.

The latest probe follows councilors complaints of officials trying to conceal the irregular appointment of a security company over two years ago.

The oversight committee's Motlalepula Rosho says municipalities are sometimes permitted to use Section 42, which allows for minor deviations in awarding tenders.

But she says that the municipality has abused this section with no valid reason.

“We raised concerns a year ago on the Section 42 report, we have been asking for it.”

Eyewitness News is in possession of an Ernest and Young report which shows administrative noncompliance and financial misconduct by key employees in appointing a security service.

After asking for questions to be emailed to them, the municipality has failed to reply despite being given three weeks.