The DA has written to the Public Protector requesting an investigation into possible tender irregularities at the Levai Mbatha Clinic in Evaton.
During a recent oversight visit, the DA was informed that the security company appointed by Gauteng Health Department through a tender process, Toro Security, was replaced two months ago by the ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) War veterans company Royal & Freedom Security.
Public Finance Legislation
Changing service providers without following proper procurement processes is a direct violation of public finance legislation, and the DA is deeply concerned that this is done to benefit ANC cronies.
A further concern of flouted processes is the possibility that Royal & Freedom and its officers may not be registered and certified by the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), potentially making the Health Department to litigation vulnerable to litigation.
Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu
The DA has submitted written questions to Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu asking why the contract with Toro was cancelled and replaced without following tender processes, and whether Royal & Freedom is suitably certified to provide security services.
The DA will also request the Public Protector to investigate the allegations of tender irregularities, as well as the circumstances surrounding the removal and replacement of Toro Security.
The DA will continue to fight nepotism and corruption without fear or favour.
Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Evaton Constituency Head
060 558 8299