Tshwane Metro fast becoming “graft city”

January 22, 2015

AdrianaInternal conflict arising from nepotism and corruption has left the City of Tshwane in dire straits.

This is according to a confidential report allegedly circulated by disgruntled officials in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) department last week.

The report allegedly reveals how senior officials were presented opportunities to appoint family members in strategic positions ranging from deputy directors to functional heads, with the intention of influencing and manipulating tender processes.

Despite the suspension of Senior Executive Director in SCM, Mr Tswelopele Maabane, graft continues unabated.

Requisitions and purchase orders have been created and approved as late as 21:00, a clear indication that the situation remains unchanged.

It is alleged that officials in the department are rewarded handsomely for their silence, and that data capturers are reportedly earning R28 000 to R38 000 per month for allegedly complying with the wishes of management.

Officials regularly turn up at ANC conferences in luxurious vehicles – not in the least bit shy to show off their riches – eventually prompting the City Manager and MMC for Finance to call an urgent meeting to reprimand officials about flaunting their flashy lifestyles whilst earning relatively small salaries. It is alleged that they were warned to tone it down; otherwise their “handlers would be exposed”.

Two years ago the Tshwane SCM department was “cleaned-out” irrespective of personnel experience and performance. Officials were transferred to other departments to make space for new employees in what appears to be the City Manager’s jobs-for-pals campaign.

If left to continue, the metro not able to meet its financial commitments, and definitely not a good story to tell.

To this end the DA will ask Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, to intervene and investigate allegations as a matter of urgency. I will also request that MEC Mamabolo endeavour, in liaison with Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, to open up the City of Tshwane’s tender process to ensure transparency and the correct implementation of the SCM policy.

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Adriana Randall MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Procurement
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