Trevor Harper to be investigated

Trevor Harper (2008/07/19) Picture: JAMES OATWAY.
Trevor Harper (2008/07/19)

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is to probe whether any laws were broken when millions of rands were paid out to a company to market a failed bus system under finance boss Trevor Harper’s watch.

Council gave the nod this week for a disciplinary board to investigate if Harper had done anything untoward when Port Elizabeth businessman Fareed Fakir’s company Erastyle was paid R5.2-million for services without following proper supply chain processes.

The money was paid out for the development of a marketing strategy for the stagnant IPTS bus system.

The matter is before the Port Elizabeth High Court after acting city boss Johann Mettler instituted legal action on behalf of the metro. A court date has not yet been set.

The municipality believes the payments to Erastyle were irregular and unlawful as no formal tender processes were followed.

On Wednesday, during the closed session of the Bay’s full council meeting, councillors debated if Harper should be subjected to a disciplinary tribunal.

None of the councillors who spoke to The Herald can be named as it was a confidential session.

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