Despite its strict policies geared up to clamp down on tender corruption, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has no way of knowing if an employee has a private company that is benefiting from metro tenders unless it is declared upfront.
This was revealed after the auditor-general (AG) found that tenders were awarded in the 2013-14 financial year to companies whose directors or shareholders were municipal employees and/or councillors.
The metro’s supply chain management policy prohibits the award of contracts to:
- A person who is in the service of the state;
- A company of which any director, manager, principal shareholder or stakeholder is a person in the service of the state; or
- Someone who is an adviser or consultant contracted to the municipality.
A person in the service of the state refers to any government officials, councillors and members or directors of a government entity.
-Rochelle de Kock
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