Government spends R45 million on toilet tender: Not one built yet

Government spends R45 million on toilet tender: Not one built yet

- In Kimberley, a company has been paid R45 million to provide the Cofimvaba community with toilets

- However, not a single structure has been erected yet, while the company has steadily been invoicing the state

- Meant to be completed in August next year, not one of the nearly 5 000 toilets have appeared

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Despite already receiving R45 million from the state, Izwelethu Cemforce has yet to build a single one of the 4 600 toilets in Cofimvaba.

DispatchLIVE revealed the alarming situation saw the company invoicing the municipality just four days after being awarded the tender.

Thwarting correct procedures, government handed over the millions and to date, nothing has been done in the project meant to bring dignity to the residents of the region. gathered that the acting municipal manager Bhekisisa Mthembu had admitted the funds had been transferred.

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Wiccus Diedericks, CEO at the company, refused to furnish any comments on 'confidential client information'.

The Ntsika Yethu local municipality had allocated the funding to provide five wards with latrine facilities at a cost of around R9 000 per structure.

The project is set to be completed in August, despite no visible work having been done. A concerned resident of the community had brought attention to the scandal.

Elderly citizens were forced to relieve themselves in bushes, despite millions in taxpayers' money being diverted to remedy the situation.

Mthembu defended the premature payment to the company, while not a single foundation has been laid:

“It is rather unfortunate to view the payment as an upfront payment as it relates to procurement of material for the actual building of the VIP toilets. The contractor has already been introduced to the community where the project will be taking place, and the appointment of the community project steering committee has also been done to ensure that the community plays its part in monitoring the project."

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