Mahikeng municipality accused of concealing irregular tender

The investigation revealed a string of infringements but the company is still operating two years later raking in just under R2 million annually.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Councillors at the Mahikeng Local Municipality have accused officials of trying to conceal the alleged irregular appointment of a security company for the municipality.

SNPRP Security was appointed in 2015 but following concerns raised about the alleged dodgy appointment, Ernest & Young was assigned to investigate.

The investigation revealed a string of infringements but the company is still operating two years later, raking in just under R2 million annually.

Eyewitness News is in possession of the investigative report.

The report, presented before the Mayoral Committee in August 2015, reveals among others, that SNPRP submitted fraudulent documents, scored the lowest in BBBEE points and contravened the Fire Arms Control Act.

A councillor, who wishes to remain anonymous, says these are all factors that should have disqualified the company outright.

He says despite the council’s call for the municipality to adhere to the recommendations, the company is still operating.

Eyewitness News has given the municipality over three weeks to respond but officials say that while they are aware of the report, they cannot respond since the municipal manager is ill.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)