Pressure is mounting on President Cyril Ramaphosa to drop Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille from his cabinet. Following findings from SIU that De Lille broke the law with tender process.
According to “Sunday World” the special investigations unit (SIU) has found that De Lille broke the law by meddling in the tender processes for the erection of a R40-million fence along the SA and Zimbabwe border near Beitbridge.
In a confidential presentation to Ramaphosa, the SIU said it would in due course refer De Lille’s conduct to the president.
The bungled Beitbridge fencing project is one of the reasons at the heart of the fallout between De Lille and the department’s suspended director-general, Sam Vukela.
“On the matter that has been finalised being the Beitbridge fencing investigation, it is clear that the supply chain management policies and the prescripts of DPWI (Department of Public Works and Infrastructure) were not adhered to.
“Contractors were appointed without following a fair and transparent process,” the report, dated October 15, said.
“The minister of DPWI [De Lille] overstepped her mandate by issuing a directive to the director-general [Vukela] of the DPWI without having the mandate to do so in terms of the Disaster Management Act. The SIU will refer the minister’s conduct to the president in due course.”
In August, Treasury told the National Assembly’s standing committee on public accounts that it appeared De Lille had a contract, supplier or contractor in mind for the border fence.