- Ekurhuleni metro has spent close to R2 billion on a tender for chemical toilets in the last 3 years
- However, there have since been allegations that the toilets were not properly installed and serviced
- There have also been claims that some have profited unlawfully from the tender
An amaBhungane investigation has found that the Ekurhuleni Metro forked out close to R2 billion for chemical toilets between 2016 and 2019.
This was spent on a major tender aimed at providing households that were using the bucket system with better toilets.
However, there have been allegations that some may have profited unlawfully from the contract.
Additionally, an open letter surfaced on social media which included damning allegations about the tender. The letter, which claims to have been written by "concerned ANC members, employees and citizens of the City of Ekurhuleni" alleges that those involved in the project have links to government officials.
Some of these claims have since been corroborate by amaBhungane. For example, the investigation found that companies exploited loopholes in the contract at the expense of the poor, according to News24. Contractors bought cheap, substandard chemicals, underpaid staff and failed to service the toilets properly.
In addition, investigators that there was a profound lack of municipal oversight over the entire project, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
In some cases, companies were being paid over R10 million a year by the municipality, yet the municipality exercised little to no oversight over what the contractors did or did not do.
AmaBhungane also found that many of the chemical toilets were shoddy condition. Some had not been serviced, while others could not lock from the inside or were too close to public roads.
All in all, the situation gives the impression that some benefited hugely from the contract - just not the citizens whom it was aimed at helping.
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