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gautengIndependent News reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura has placed his provincial head of roads and transport Ronald Swartz on special leave following the illegal award of a road construction tender.  

Provincial spokesperson Thabo Masebe said disciplinary proceedings had been instituted against Swartz and four other senior officials in the department.  The four officials were members of the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) that recommended the award of a R550 million tender to Lubbe Construction for the construction and upgrade of William Nicol Road (K46) in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, in 2014.  A forensic investigation in December 2017 was prompted after a whistleblower, Bonga Majola, told Makhura that an advanced payment of more than R26m had been made to Lubbe Construction in September 2016.  The whistleblower initially told Makhura in June 2017 that he had reported the irregular payment to Swartz and later to Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, but neither of them allegedly acted on the matter.  An investigation conducted by the provincial treasury at Makhura’s request revealed serious irregularities in the awarding of the contract.  Masebe indicated that the contract had since been terminated and a new tender would be initiated through the open tender system.  No date for the disciplinary hearings has yet been set.

  • Read the original report on this story by Baldwin Ndaba in full at Independent News

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