Parliament asked to introduce stricter tender laws

Parliament. eNCA/Zaid Harris

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament is being asked to consider introducing legislative amendments to stop politically connected people from getting tenders from the state.

The Special Investigating Unit says the fact that such people are getting contracts, does not necessarily make them illegal.

Finance watchdog, Scopa was being briefed on Tuesday on the progress of COVID-19 related investigations. 

Among the top contracts, the SIU is probing is the R139-million personal protective equipment contract linked to a business owned by the husband of presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko. 

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Thirty-nine banking accounts related to this contract have been frozen.

A further R26-million believed to be ill-gotten gains has also been put on ice.

The Special Tribunal has also put a stop to further payments in the controversial R10-million scooter project in the Eastern Cape.

The SIU is currently probing contracts involving 930 service providers.


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