Not only has the Gauteng Premier Makhura, David fired his former head of the Department of Sport, Namhla Siqaza, he has also laid criminal charge against him in a bid to recover more than R800 million in tenders awarded improperly.
Gauteng Premier Makhura fired Siqaza last week after it was discovered that she and two other officials, Morwesi More and Lorraine Nuku, tried to bribe two officials of the Auditor-General’s office to give her department a clean audit report.
The internal disciplinary hearing found that the three wanted the AG’s officials to master their report by claiming that all the tenders worth R800m were properly awarded to credible companies, but they refused.
The matter started in July 2015 when Siqaza and the two others became aware that the Auditor-General’s office had raised serious concerns about a number of irregularities in the issuing of tenders, including major arts and culture projects, in the department’s financial audit report of 2014/15.
The office of the AG raised the alarm over the appointment of less qualified contractors to obtain tenders worth millions of rand because they scored lower points than the successful tenderer.
AG Kimi Makwetu pointed out that some of these contractors were not even registered with the Construction Industry Development Board. Due to the AG’s audit outcome.
The then MEC, Bopape, later wrote to all senior managers, including Siqaza, urging them to accept the audit outcome, but Siqaza and the alleged conspirators ignored the instructions.
Premier Makhura said on Tuesday, while tabling his political report in the legislature, that his government had instituted legal proceedings to recover the money from officials and also opened a criminal case against Siqaza and officials implicated in those tenders.
The premier did not give further details of the criminal charges against Siqaza and the rest, but Buzzsouthafrica gathered that the charges are related to personal involvement in the awarding of a R246m tender to Clear Choice to build a provincial archives centre in Kagiso in Mogale City.