No more tenders behind closed doors: Tshwane mayor

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga on Thursday opened the tender process in metro, to make it transparent and open to scrutiny.

“Opening the tender process is part of my promise to the people of Tshwane to cut out corruption,” the DA mayor said.

By opening Tender Bid Adjudication Meetings, the political party said that spending would no longer benefit a selected few.

Every tender bidder will now have a fair and transparent chance at government contracts in Tshwane, cutting out corruption, it said.

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“Corruption in tenders happens behind closed doors when politicians make multi-million rand decisions”

“I have opened the doors to the public, and I encourage the public to scrutinise how we spend going forward,” Msimanga said.

Last week Msimanga laid criminal charges against senior officials from the previous ANC administration.

According to the Democratic Alliance, the charges relate to two forensic reports, detailing corruption, fraud, and misuse of more than R90 million of public money in two projects of the City’s previous leadership: City Hall and the Mayoral Residence.

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The charges were laid against three high ranking officials of the previous administration, and three entities of local government, the political party said.

The DA’s Msimanga was sworn in as mayor of the metro in mid August after the party formed coalitions with the likes of the EFF, having garnered 43.10% of the total vote for the metro, versus 41.48% achieved by the ANC.

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