Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Former Gauteng DG's wife gets R7,2m in tenders

Mrs Mumsey Mokoena, the wife of former Gauteng Director-General Mogopodi Mokoena, received two contracts worth R7.2 million despite her position on two Gauteng government agencies.

This is revealed in a written reply to my questions by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Faith Mazibuko.

Her company Thlolo Communications won contracts awarded in May 2007 and August 2008 for R3.2 million and R4 million respectively. They were for monitoring and evaluation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

According to Mazibuko, "an open tender process was followed in awarding the contracts" and "no possible conflicts of interests exists".

I am disappointed that Mazibuko does not recognise the blatant and shameless conflict of interests in this case as Mokoena chairs the board of the Emoyeni centre that falls under the department that awarded her the contracts and also serves on the board of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, another agency of the provincial government.

I am also deeply suspicious about such a huge amount of money awarded for "monitoring and evaluation". This can surely be done by department officials without involving expensive consultants.

How much money went to consultants instead of jobs for poor people under the EPWP?

There are far too many cosy looking deals that need to be stopped in future. For instance, Mrs Daisy Maile, wife of former Gauteng Shared Services Centre head Mike Maile, got a R3.6 million road works tender in December 2008.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must deliver on her promises to tighten up the tender rules so that big money contracts don't always go to well-connected people.

Statement issued by Jack Bloom MPL, Democratic Alliance Gauteng corruption spokesperson

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