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05 May 2014 19:22
Housing projects were among the halted development contracts. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)
The Patriotic Alliance has asked public protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate alleged irregularities in the
awarding of tenders to contractor Filcon by the City of Cape Town, the party said on
“We trust that this matter will
be investigated with the same professionalism that the public protector brings
to areas governed by other political parties, i.e., non-DA-led municipalities and
provinces,” party president Gayton McKenzie said in a statement.
“What is of great concern is not
necessarily that the DA’s administration is not as clean as many would like to
believe – but that they have been able to keep it relatively quiet for so
The office of the public protector
was not immediately available to confirm that the request for an investigation
McKenzie said the party explained to
the public protector’s office that the Democratic Alliance’s image has belied
years of corruption and diversion of resources that should have gone to poor
This came after reports over the
weekend that a list of 10 separate liquidation applications against Filcon
Projects had emerged.
Government projects in the Western
Cape, to the value of almost R400-million, had either been cancelled, halted or
left in jeopardy after the company was forced to file for business rescue, it
Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has
previously said the “reputable contractor” Filcon were to have been awarded the
contracts after all necessary checks required by law were conducted.
According to reports, the business
rescue left 12 development contracts, with a value of almost R400m in limbo,
affecting housing and school projects in the province.
Filcon chairperson Saul Loggenberg
reportedly said he was a minority shareholder in Filcon, yet had borne the
brunt of allegations against it and that all applications brought against the
company were settled in 2012 and 2013.
He said he was in fact owed R51m by
Last week it was reported that a
community activist was expected to lodge a complaint against Carlisle, who
allegedly called him an “asshole” in an e-mail.
Colin Arendse would lodge a complaint
of misconduct with Western Cape legislature speaker Richard Majola.
According to the report, Arendse
wrote to Carlisle on Saturday and accused him of illegally awarding tenders to
The men exchanged several emails.
Carlisle reportedly addressed
Arendse: “Dear Asshole.
Check the article.
Arendse replied: “Your belligerent, crass
and arrogant retort below is out of keeping with the oath of office that you
took when being sworn in as an MPL. You are an embarrassment to our
nation.” – Sapa
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