Spooked ‘tenderpreneurs’ rushing through tenders ahead of elections: EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it has reliably learned that many local municipalities and metros are steamrolling tender award processes “as a way to hold on to privilege for the next three years”.

It comes ahead of local municipal elections which are set to be held in May this year.

According to the EFF, the ‘phenomenon’ has been observed in municipalities like Polokwane and metros like Tshwane.

“In particular with the award of electrical and civil management works, as well as supply chain management,” the EFF said in a statement.

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The EFF said that the tender awards are first an admission of panic that many municipalities will have different political parties after 2016.

“This has led those in charge now signing three year contracts with the hope that they will be able to continue accessing privilege even when they are no longer in government,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

“The EFF would like to put it on record that wherever it will be in government, it will undo any illegal tendering awards regardless of whether their periods are exhausted or not,” the party said.

“The principle with which the EFF shall approach government will be to build internal capacity of government to do most if not all of the work being done through tenders. The EFF aims to build a corrupt-free government with eradication of tenders as stated in our Founding Manifesto,” it said.

It said that due process must be followed, with clear demonstration of capacity and efficiency of the required service, as well as demonstration of proper costing.

“All tender awards that would have not been properly awarded will be canceled, following by investigations with intention of criminal prosecution.”

Prince Mashele, executive director of the Centre for Politics and Research, warned on Monday that the African National Congress (ANC) could lose several major metros, including Johannesburg and Tshwane in the municipal elections later this year.

“We are going to see, very likely,the ANC losing one or two very big metros – Nelson Mandela Bay, I think the ANC might not get it; Tshwane, it might not get it; Johannesburg,” he told Talk 702. “The party is very vulnerable this year.”

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Spooked ‘tenderpreneurs’ rushing through tenders ahead of elections: EFF