R12 billion tender scandal leads to Tshwane city manager being suspended

R12 billion tender scandal leads to Tshwane city manager being suspended

- Tshwane city manager Moeketsi Mosola has been suspended by the city’s council

- His suspension was approved by a special sitting of the city council in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon

- Mosola allegedly granted a tender deal worth R12 billion to engineering firm GladAfrica to manage the city’s infrastructure for three years

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Tshwane city manager Moeketsi Mosola has been suspended by the city’s council for his part in alleged tender irregularities worth around R12 billion. Mosola’s suspension was approved by a special sitting of the city’s council in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon.

Mosola has been implicated in flouting established tender and procurement procedures in the awarding of a contract to engineering company GladAfrica worth an estimated R12 billion over three years.

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The contract will see GladAfrica manage the city’s infrastructure budget for the next three years and covers capital expenditure projects such as constructing and maintaining roads, electrical infrastructure and the rapid bus transport system.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the deal would see the company receive at least 10% commission on all of the projects it was contracted for which in this case covered all areas of the city’s spending over the next 36 months.

The meeting which was held in the City of Tshwane Council Chambers was reportedly tense and fractious at times with the EFF withdrawing its members from proceedings.

Tensions between DA, ANC and EFF councillors started when an impasse was reached about whether the meeting should be held in private or in full view of the public and on camera.

Timeslive.co.za reported that ANC and EFF councillors baulked at the suggestion by Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga that the meeting takes place in private. The opposition councillors noted that any matter involving the city manager was in the public interest and as such the meeting should also take place in public.

The ANC noted that the city manager received a massive annual salary and the public had a vested interest to know whether the man employed to look after the city was corrupt or not.

The party was carefull to note that Mosola had not been proven to have done anything wrong and had the right to fight to clear his name.

The EFF eventually withdrew its members after accusing the DA-led council of trying to force Mosola out of office with baseless accusations.

When the meeting finally resumed, in public, the DA and ANC set aside their differences and approved Mosola’s suspension. He will have seven days to respond to the letter of suspension.

The council will take his response into consideration and if it rejects his reasons for not being suspended a special investigation will be launched into the GladAfrica tender process.

Mosola has denied any wrongdoing and blamed an unhappy group of white people for starting a false narrative against him, this despite the initial investigation into the tender being initiated by black staff members of the city.

READ ALSO: Government tender system takes centre stage during day 2 of #StateCaptureInquiry

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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