Hawks clamp down on RLM… R85m in question
Rustenburg – The Hawks swooped down on the offices of the municipal manager of the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) on Tuesday 5 March. The entire 7th floor was under lockdown as part of a larger investigation into alleged tender fraud worth millions.
This comes after the RLM issued a press release about a R300 million fraud allegation. See page 4.
According to eyewitnesses, two members of the Hawks and eight officers from the Rustenburg Department of Public Safety arrived at the main municipal building in Beyers Naude Drive at around 8:00 and made their way to the seventh floor.
In an interview with Platinum Weekly, spokesperson for the Hawks in the North West province, captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, confirmed that several RLM documents relating to their investigations had been seized following a search that lasted hours.
“I can confirm that the Hawks conducted a search and seizure at the Rustenburg municipal offices. We are investigating allegations of tender fraud worth approximately R85 million,” she said. “We have seized several documents and downloaded numerous files. No one has been arrested at this stage.”
RLM, MUCH TALKED ABOUT SECURITY TENDER.
Rustenburg – The Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) has noted with dismay an article which was published in the City Press newspaper dated 24 February 2019, on a security tender.
The article contains a number of serious misrepresentations and is laden with serious political grandstanding. These antics are opportunistic especially in view of that the matter is still receiving attention through the courts.
The first thing that needs to be clarified, is that there is no security tender of R300 million. We are baffled by this sensational claim. The quoted amounted, is at least four times above the current tender value.
The second matter which needs to be put on record is that, the court order to stop the enforcement of the award was done with the full consent of the municipality. The application to obtain this order was opposed by Ally’s Counter Force, which ultimately became responsible for an order of costs.
The reason we consented to an application to halt the execution of the tender award was due to the fact that we were prepared to subject ourselves to complete review of the procurement process followed. This review, which must be undertaken by an independent body is in the interest of transparency and the broad objectives of competitive bidding as enshrined in the Constitution and applicable legislation.
Until such time that this independent review has been completed, any suggestion of corruption is not only mischievous but political grandstanding of the highest order.
We would therefore like to urge all to await the outcome of this process and not recklessly jump to baseless conclusions.
RLM will abide by the decisions of any independent review process. We have also noted the suggestion that the matter must be reported to the Hawks. The municipality is prepared to cooperate with any investigation.
However, we reject with utter contempt being subjected to a mala fide trial in the public domain, disregarding the due processes underway by competent authorities.
RLM press release, 26 February
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