Gauteng Education MEC accused of corruption cover up
The DA has again accused Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, of covering up corruption relating to the ICT for schools tender going back a few years.
According to DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education, Khume Ramulifho, the party visited the department’s offices last week requesting access to to view the ICT tender documentation, but was told to submit another request and hasn’t yet has received a response.
This comes as the DA last year submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to obtain relevant information on the tender to supply laptops, smartboards, wifi, and tablets across public schools in the province.
According to the party, it was reliably informed that the department could have saved millions of rands had the ICT tender been awarded to an alternative service provider. Additionally, the products that were delivered to schools in the province were not the same as those outlined by the tender specifications.
The application was refused and the DA had lodged an appeal which was also rejected.
“With all these obstacles to viewing the documents, suspicions are fuelled over alleged tender corruption…The DA believes that all tender processes must be transparent. They must be open to public scrutiny. Once we’ve obtained the documents, the DA will thoroughly investigate the information and will not hesitate to take strong action if the allegations of wrongdoing are found to be true,” Ramulifho said.
htxt.africa has contacted Lesufi’s office for comment and will update this story with the official response.