Company accused of paying Malema kickbacks for tender fails to perform

Company accused of paying Malema kickbacks for tender fails to perform

- An amaBhungane report has claimed Afrirent in failing to deliver in its R1.3 billion tender

- The company has alleged links to EFF Julius Malema, who is accused of receiving kickbacks following the appointment of the Joburg contract

- The report claims the company is far behind meeting its target, with a high chance of causing service delivery setbacks

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AmaBhungane has released a report on the allegedly tainted Afrirent company, who has allegedly paid hefty sums into an EFF slush fund.

Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malema was accused of receiving illicit kickbacks from the fleet company, who secured a R1.3 billion contract with the City of Johannesburg.

Afrirent's failure to perform has now raised questions over the decision to appoint it in the tender to provide the city with vehicles.

Over a year since the company had started the contract, only around half of the vehicles have thus far been provided to the city.

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This comes after Afrirent claimed that it would have made substantial progress by September:

"Although Afrirent may not be a household name like some of our competitors, we have the requisite capacity and experience to deliver on the City of Johannesburg contract and are confident that within the next three months, we will have finalised delivery."

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader reportedly received around R650 000 from the company who scored the tender in the metro run at the time by a coalition between the Democratic Alliance and the Red Berets.

The appointment process had been botched, with a regulation used to bypass the competitive bidding system and instate the company who had a history of work with the city.

Car rental company Avis had been the previous supplier of around 3 000 vehicles to the city and is still under contract after Afrirent failed to meet a transition deadline in January.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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