Quote of the week

Mr Zuma is no ordinary litigant. He is the former President of the Republic, who remains a public figure and continues to wield significant political influence, while acting as an example to his supporters… He has a great deal of power to incite others to similarly defy court orders because his actions and any consequences, or lack thereof, are being closely observed by the public. If his conduct is met with impunity, he will do significant damage to the rule of law. As this Court noted in Mamabolo, “[n]o one familiar with our history can be unaware of the very special need to preserve the integrity of the rule of law”. Mr Zuma is subject to the laws of the Republic. No person enjoys exclusion or exemption from the sovereignty of our laws… It would be antithetical to the value of accountability if those who once held high office are not bound by the law.

Khampepe j
Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State v Zuma and Others (CCT 52/21) [2021] ZACC 18
1 June 2012

ANC complaint to Public Protector about Western Cape tender


The ANC in the Western Cape requests you to investigate the Department of the Premier, the role of the premier (directly or indirectly through her discressionary appointed advisers / staff in her personal office) and the involvement of all other officials of the Provincial Government, together with two companies in the unauthorized appointment of one called Yardstick without following prior due process, no clear terms of reference or procurement approval process and the after the fact expansion of tender FMA 0027 to TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris and all other matters pertaining to this multimillion Rand contract. This process stretches from year 2010 to 2011.

We believe that the process undertook by the Provincial Government was flawed every step of the way and in breach of various regulations and other control measures, including, but not restricted to:

  • This flawed original tender process for the Department of The Premier was cancelled and started three times over, thus resulting in fruitless and wasteful expenditure. That the department’s line-function/top management was both player and referee without regard for good governance.
  • The extension of the contract by directing departments to appoint the same company without any public process and expanding the contract to include all media and communication activities across the government departments without involving treasury from the start as is required;
  • Advancing a further massive and new contract without due procurement process;
  • The involvement of a special advisor in the office of the premier or any other such officials in operational processes and adjudication against the Public Service Act prohibiting interference in the administration and management of the department(s) and also the continued presence of an official against the Supply Chain Management and Legal Services warning about conflict of interest;
  • Repeatedly ignoring cautionary advice from the Provincial Treasury and Supply Chain Management Unit.
  • By in general waste time and taxpayers money through inadequate demand planning procedures, lack of knowledge and competencies to see the process to fruition.
  • That the bid (on which the contract has been concluded) did not allude to a transversal contract and the need for single branding was not identified prior to the tender process. The process for a transversal tender was not facilitated by treasury as per regulation.
  • That contradictory declarations by the winning bidder was not verified.
  • That the scoring system is suspiciously riddled with anomalies and that most of the panel members ignored scoring instructions which resulted in unclear determination of acceptability.
  • That the shortlisting process is flawed as no documented record exists of how the two companies were arrived at.
  • That the contract was expanded without any cognizance of any provincial impact or considering current contracts of departments.
  • That the overall process has deficiencies / gaps and that a lack of control measures and good governance principles were exposed.
  • That a number of after the fact measures were taken in an attempt to cover over some of the deficiencies.
  • That many of the deviations and non-compliance issues may indicate possible corrupt activities.

These and others problems pointed out (also mentioned in a Provincial Treasury evaluation) require your office to immediately pay attention to the Provincial Government of the Western Cape as these are substantively serious.

If needed, we are available to expand on our request for an urgent investigation into this abuse of power, maladministration, improper dealings with respect to public money and random decisions taken by this government.

With kind regards,

Songezo Mjongile

Provincial Secretary

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