The Special Investigations Unit(SIU) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against companies involved in the R431 Million Gauteng school’s sanitising tender.
SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the investigation came as a result of allegations that the procurement of sanitizing services was not done properly. Kganyago said that findings made by the SIU revealed that some of the companies that were awarded work were not registered.
Kganyago added says some companies were awarded tenders by simply sending Whatsapp messages to officials in the department. He says this has been referred to the department and it has been recommended that individuals who were complicit in this be held accountable. The SIU has also provided evidence of these claims.
“What we are doing is to recover the money that was lost or was used from all the people that might have benefited...as you have indicated in the intro we have already freezed accounts of some of the people and will continue to do that so that ultimately we recover the money. And those that have done criminality, we’ll refer that part to the NPA and they will be held liable in a criminal sense” added Kganyago
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded the preliminary report be made public. The preliminary report has been handed over to the Gauteng Department of Education.
Kganyago also provided an update on the Beitbridge border fence debacle after the SIU found the process to be irregular and handed their findings over to the Tribunal.
The SIU found the border fence to be ineffective in preventing illegal border crossings, and the unit will be taking the companies responsible for constructing the Beitbridge border fence to court in a bid to recover the money. This comes after the companies failed in their attempt to have the tribunal declared illegal.
The companies responsible for building the border post have announced if they are found to have done anything wrong, they will pay back the money. The 40KM Beitbridge Border fence cost the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure R37 million.
The SIU is hoping to hand over the final report to President Cyril Ramaphosa by the end of August.