- There are fears that the #StateCaptureInquiry's integrity has been compromised
- Apparently, the commission is renting from a subsidiary of the company that owns the newspaper that broke the news on state capture
- It is believed this is a cause for concern and conflict of interest
The State Capture Commission of Inquiry's integrity may be under threat, according to several political analysts, government insiders, and property experts.
The owners of Sunday Times, Tiso Blackstar, have a subsidiary who is profiting from renting out a building to the commission. The contract is worth about R3 million.
According to a report by IOL News, the right processes weren't followed with the tender for the contract - meaning that the Department of Public Works may have disregarded aspects of the Public Finance Management Act.
The department has denied this allegation, but a number of experts confirmed that Raymond Zondo's commission is renting from a subsidiary of Blackstar. The name of the subsidiary is The Empire.
Briefly learned that the current lease contract is valid for 24 months, with the option to extend, should the commission need the building beyond that point.
A government source came forward and stated that there was actually no tender process. The source - who is from the National Treasury - added that it is funny that the same newspaper that first broke the news on state capture should now profit from the inquiry.
The source considers this a conflict of interest.
The National Treasury did not comment on the allegations of the tender happening unlawfully, but the Department of Public Works did confirm that the building is being rented by them.
Thamsanqa Mchunu of the department, stated that the procurement process was legit.
For Sipho Seepe, a political analyst, it is concerning that a company who has a brand that is involved in the ANC faction battles now financially gains from the commission.
While this may have been an innocent co-incidence from Tiso, the mere whiff of that should be of concern. When we talk about being independent of influence, you should also mean infrastructure.
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